Powell aiming for the stars

21 February 2012 / 11:24

Stacie Powell may not be Britain's highest-profile Olympian, but she may just be the smartest.

The 26-year-old is aiming to reach her second Olympic Games in London while also juggling her studies in astrophysics at Cambridge University.

Powell moved a step closer to reaching back-to-back Olympics when she progressed, along with Monique Gladding, to today's semi-final of the 10-metre platform at the FINA World Cup at the London Aquatics Centre.

In doing so the duo confirmed Great Britain will have two spots at the Olympics.

Powell will have to wait until June to try and confirm her place, when she will go head to head with Gladding, Tonia Couch and Sarah Barrow at the British Championships, where the top two will make the Olympic team.

Should she do so, few athletes at this summer's Games could boast her all-round achievements, which she remains modest about.

"It's tough balancing the two but I think I'm managing it pretty well," she said.

"My supervisor is really understanding and supportive of me doing this as well. The beauty of the internet is I can contact her from anywhere.

"After I've been competing you will probably see me on my computer doing my work.

"One is a nice break from the other. One is the sporting world and (the other) the world of academia but they work really well together. I'm enjoying it."

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