• Born on 17th February 1989 in Mansfield.
• Joined Nova Centurian swimming club at the age of 12 where she met her long term coach Bill Furniss.
• Adlington has won titles at Olympic, World, European and Commonwealth level making her the most successful British swimmer of the modern era.
• Adlington's victory in the 2008 Olympic 800m freestyle final broke swimming’s longest standing world record with a time of 8:14.10.
• Adlington became the first British swimmer to win more than one gold medal at a single Olympic Gamers since Henry Taylor in 1908.
There has been much speculation over the 23-year-old Olympic swimmer's future since she won two bronze medals at the London 2012 Games.
At a news conference today the Mansfield-born swimmer confirmed she would be retiring from her competitive career that has brought her Olympic, World, European and Commonwealth titles.
"I hate the word retire. I love swimming but as a competitive element and elite athlete I won't compete any more.
I'll always be swimming even when I am 90 years old." – REBECCA ADLINGTON
Rebecca Adlington has announced her retirement from competitive swimming but says she would like to stay involved in swimming and help bring on the next generation.
She said she wants to encourage children into the pool and hopes she can inspire youngsters to get into swimming.
"Would overtake every achievement of my career if I could get every child in Britain to swim."
The Olympic medallist went on to say Beijing 2008 was her career highlight. She also paid tribute to her coach Bill Furniss, saying her medals are his as well.
Rebecca Adlington, who swam to double Olympic glory in 2008, has announced her retirement.
The 23-year-old from Mansfield, Notts, is holding a press conference in London. More to follow
Rebecca Adlington will make a 'major announcement' at a news conference next Tuesday, it's being reported.
There has been speculation that the Mansfield double Olympic gold medallist would retire from the sport in the wake of the London Games.
Adlington won a pair of bronze medals last summer, two of only three medals won by British swimmers. She also took two gold medals in the 2008 Beijing Games.
Adlington will address the media on February 5.