Adlington to call time on career
Four-time Olympic medallist Rebecca Adlington is expected to announce her retirement from swimming on Tuesday.
The Mansfield-born swimmer, 23, last week called a press conference in London promising a major announcement, and it appears she will step away from competitive swimming.
Monday's announcement that her mentor Bill Furniss has been named as Great Britain head coach also seems to bring the news a step closer.
Her plans have been the subject of debate for some time, her assertion in the autumn that London was her last Olympics prompting a flurry of questions.
Adlington's future was inextricably linked to Furniss' plans, the pair having forged a partnership at Nova Centurion since she was 12, and next year's Commonwealth Games in Glasgow were clearly an attraction.
She maintained she would return to heavy training in January after which she would come to a decision, one that appears to be she will step away from competition.
While she will outline her plans for the future, there is little doubt the Nova Centurion swimmer will remain in the sport in some capacity given her passion for swimming.
Adlington already runs swim schools and has been vocal in her desire for children to be fully versed in water safety from a young age.
Whatever her plans, Adlington's exit from British swimming will leave a big void to be filled - both in and out of the water.
Since claiming the 800 metres freestyle silver medal at the 2006 European Championships, Adlington has won titles at Olympic, world, European and Commonwealth level.
She is the most successful British swimmer of the modern era and her double triumph in Beijing made her become the first Briton to win two golds in an Olympic pool since Henry Taylor in 1908.
On her exit from the pool after taking more than two seconds off Janet Evans' world record in the 800 metres freestyle - which had stood for more than 20 years, at that point the longest standing - Furniss asked: "What have you just done?"
And so she found herself catapulted into the public eye with open bus top parades, invitations galore and an OBE.
Described by Furniss once as a "Jekyll and Hyde" character, Adlington is a sensitive, girlie girl out of the pool but a fearsome, single-minded athlete in it.
There have also been lows; failing to make the 2006 Commonwealth Games and 10th place at the 2007 World Championships were two early setbacks while her fourth place in the 800m at the 2009 worlds in Rome was devastating to Adlington, coming a year after Beijing.
Since then have come titles at every level, testament to her drive and determination and no little talent.
Never has Adlington shirked a challenge or question, and she has been outspoken at times.
In December she accused British Swimming of leaving the swimmers in limbo with no head coach or performance director in place, and claimed to be "insulted" as the athletes were "ignored".
However, she has made a huge contribution to the sport in this country and will be missed - especially given she claimed two of just three British medals in the pool last summer.