24th August 2011 - SkySports.com
The down-to-earth trait of Adlington adds to her popularity. She is a master of her art, she is Great Britain’s most successful swimmer for a century, she is known around the globe, but she maintains the personality of the girl next door
"I'm not a big Eminem fan, my boyfriend is. But, oh my God, he was so good. He was amazing," she said of V Festival.
Films seem to be my thing - I'm a massive 'Inbetweeners' fan anyway. I watched the whole series.
"Rihanna was really good as well. She was on just before. Eminem brought her back on for 'Love The Way You Lie'. Everyone was hoping that would happen and everyone just went mental.
"Cinema is the main thing though. I'm a bit of a geek. I go to the cinema every week. It is something that I absolutely love and it is so easy to do.
"Films seem to be my thing. I saw 'The Inbetweeners Movie' yesterday (Sunday). It was really good. I'm a massive 'Inbetweeners' fan anyway. I watched the whole series."
Presuming the unthinkable does not happen and Adlington does not experience an off-day at the trials, where, regardless of reputation, the fastest qualify, she will be a figurehead athlete for the London Olympics.
Swimming is growing in profile so much, because of what the team as a whole have achieved over the past few years
London 2012 chairman Sebastian Coe and chief executive Paul Deighton will no doubt already have her in mind to promote their plans for a much-publicised, post-2012 Olympic 'legacy'.
And Adlington is optimistic swimming will benefit.
"Hopefully it (London 2012) will get more and more people involved," she said. "I think it (participation) has definitely increased since Beijing.
"Swimming is growing in profile so much, because of what the team as a whole have achieved over the past few years.
"Hopefully London can build even more on that, get people involved and carry on that legacy. Obviously the sport does not finish after 2012 and hopefully it can encourage more people and inspire them for future Olympics."