50 Shades inspires Aussie swimmers


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The female swimmers read the erotic bestseller when they are out of the pool according to athlete Alicia Coutts, who won the gold medal for the women's 4x100m freestyle relay at the weekend.


Coutts says she became hooked on the book after picking it at a service station when she and the 20 other members of the team travelled from their training camp in Manchester to the Athletes Village in East London.


'Most of the swimming girls are reading Fifty Shades of Grey. We're all talking about it,’ she told Australia’s Herald Sun.

‘Everyone has been talking about it. My manager said just forget about the sex bits and it's actually a really good story.

‘I've found it really interesting. I can't put it down.’


The relaxation tool certainly isn’t doing the women any harm, as well as her gold medal, Coutts  won silver in the 200m Individual Medley final and she and teammates Bronte Barratt, Melanie Schlanger and Kylie Palmer came second in the women's 4x200m freestyle relay.

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