“I loved the training. For me, training is what I loved when I swam. I’m just not competitive. It’s just not in my nature. I just happened to do something I loved every single day. And that was for me just luck – I was just so happy that I found something I loved.”
Adlington retired from the sport in 2013 as a double Olympic champion, but continues to be involved as a commentator. She’ll be back in the commentary box for this year’s Olympics in Rio.
As for diving back into a competition in the form of The Jump, she jokes that everyone “forgets she’s an athlete” while she trains for the various winter sports, which includes skeleton and air jumps.
“I’m just so not like that. No-one sees me as a threat, I’m just not competitive, I’m crying and I’m like, ‘Oh my God!’”
She’s up against some other famous faces from the world of professional sport, with sprinter Linford Christie and gymnast Beth Tweddle joining the show, too. But – taking to slopes for the first time – she says people have quickly stopped clubbing her in with ‘the Olympians’.
“I think everyone’s been shocked because everybody’s put me, Linford and Beth in the same category and I think it pretty much took one day to go, ‘Yep, Beth’s on her own’.”