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What motivates golden girl Ariarne Titmus (and the hobby that’s not going so well for her)

Neil Mitchell
Ariarne Titmus

Freestyle swimmer Ariarne Titmus came away from the Tokyo Olympics with four medals — two gold, a silver and a bronze.

The swimmer, who is in the Howard Springs quarantine facility after returning from Japan, says she’s hoping to add to that.

“I’d like to think I will be there in Paris and I’ve always said if my body holds up and if, mentally, I’m still there and still loving it, I would love to get the three Olympics and be in LA,” she told Neil Mitchell.

Titmus says the feeling of winning is “quite addictive”, but that’s not the only thing that motivates her.

“I think my personality is of a type where I don’t want to do anything half-arsed I guess, so I always put in 100 per cent,” she said.

“But above all I just love the sport so that’s what motivates me.”

Titmus also revealed she’s trying out a new hobby while in quarantine — knitting.

“My mum sent me knitting,” she said.

“I’m just going to try and do a scarf at the start. I mean, I don’t know if I need a scarf in Brisbane but it’s probably the easiest thing at the moment.

“I’m not a seasoned knitter … but they sent me really thin wool and really thin needles which is for people that are quite good knitters, so I’m struggling a little bit!”

Press PLAY below to hear how Arnie is keeping herself busy in lockdown

Photo by Stanislav Krasilnikov\TASS via Getty Images 

Neil Mitchell