Golden girl anticipates Rio battles
SWIMMING: Former Sunshine Coaster Brittany Elmslie believes she has the stamina to compete in three Olympic Games.
After the 20-year-old's gold medals in the women's 4x100m and 4x200m freestyle relays at the Pac Pacific Championships on the Gold Coast, that Olympic dream seems highly possible.
And with fierce competition for places in the relay teams only driving her to greater heights, it seems Elmslie is destined for more gold.
"We've got such great depth in the 100m freestyle and 200m freestyle," said Elmslie, who at the 2012 London Olympics won gold in the 100m freestyle relay and silver in the 100m medley relay (after swimming in the heats).
"Everyone's fighting for that spot and that's what makes us such a great team, to have so much depth.
"One of my long-term goals is to try and make it to three Olympics, so I'll see if the body holds up."
AFTER a golden meeting at the Pan Pacs, Australia is back on top of the swimming world, at least unofficially, for the first time in more than a decade.
Australia finished the meet with 10 gold, eight silver and eight bronze medals - less gold medals than the US but if you factored in times swum in 2014, the Aussies were sitting pretty.
"With the US we have great battles and it's such a big rivalry," Elmslie said.
"They're always swimming lots of meets in the US and we're always checking what they're doing.
"We keep each other on our toes. It's been like that for years and it will continue.
"Next year at worlds it'll be the big showdown before going into Rio (2016 Olympics)."
Elmslie said new Australian head coach Jacco Verhaeren and senior team member Cate Campbell - a multiple gold-medal winner at the Pan Pacs - had shown her the path to success.
"Jacco's always asking how you are and he's a real presence to have around," she said.
"Cate's such an incredible girl inside and outside of the pool. She's such a pleasure to watch race and watch her stroke.
"It's incredible what she does moving through the water at such speed - she makes it look effortless."