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Life in slow lane suits Rice for now
Giving back: Stephanie Rice coaches young swimmers at Challenge Stadium. Picture: Steve Ferrier/ The West Australian

Olympic gold medallist Stephanie Rice says she will know in the coming months if she has the passion to continue swimming competitively.

The 24-year-old decided to take a year off from the sport after more surgery to correct a nagging shoulder injury at the end of last year. It was a disheartening end to 2012 that also saw her surrender her 400m and 200m individual medley titles at the London Olympics.

In Perth hosting junior clinics ahead of this weekend's Aquatic Super Series, Rice denied reports she had already decided to quit swimming but she admitted to suffering a post-Olympic "funk".

"Everyone who's really worked hard for an Olympics needs the time to recover and relax and enjoy the time off," she said.

A move to Sydney and a new business designing kids' swimwear has her excited. She said her Swimming Australia commitments this year would help her decide her future.

"Regardless of (if I'm) swimming or not, I'll always be involved because it's still a passion of mine," she said. "I'm actually finding this is a great experience for me to be able to give back to the kids that have supported me."

Rice is an ambassador for the meet along with her former boyfriend Eamon Sullivan and Blair Evans. James Magnussen, Alicia Coutts, Emily Seebohm and Christian Sprenger will represent Australia in the pool at Challenge Stadium.

The West Australian

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