Posted: 10 August, 2012 by Triple M Sports Desk

LISTEN: Stephanie Rice And Kobe Bryant Romance Confirmed By Former Olympics Swimmer

Olympic swimmer Craig Stevens confirmed with Triple M that Kobe Bryant put the "hard word" on Australian swimmer Stephanie Rice at the Games. Hear the interview.

Tags: Stephanie Rice, Stephanie Rice Instagram photo, Olympics, The Games, London Live, Kobe Bryant

UPDATE: Stephanie Rice denies Kobe Bryant romance.

Aussie Swimmer Stephanie Rice has taken to twitter to put an end to speculation of a fling with basketball star Kobe Bryant.

"FYI yes Kobe and I are friends, but no we are not together and never have been. Can't guys and girls be just friends..?" Rice tweeted.

"He's an amazing athlete and I've enjoyed getting to know him and many other great athletes in my Olympic journey."

EARLIER:

Olympic swimmer Craig Stevens confirmed the rumoured romance between basketball star Kobe Bryant and Australian swimmer Stephanie Rice on Triple M's Grill Team on Thursday morning.

LISTEN: Craig Stevens On Kobe Bryant And Stephanie Rice

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"There's definitely something going on... I was on the last Olympic team and he was hanging us a fair bit at the different parties and whatnot," Stevens told Triple M.

"So Kobe was trying it on [with Stephanie Rice] four years ago, you reckon?" Triple M's Mark "MG" Geyer asked Stevens.

"I remember her telling the story [of] how he put it to her... that he had the family coming the next day but he had that night free," Stevens told Triple M.

Bryant, who scored 20 points in the USA's win over the Boomers in the quarter-finals of the Games on Thursday, has been spotted around London with Rice.

As well as swimming well in these games despite having shoulder issues, Rice has captured plenty of attention in recent months.

She posted the famous 'selfie' image of herself in an Ellie Gonsalves-designed bikini (below) prior to the Games and recently confirmed to Triple M she has a stripper pole in her house (video below).

(VIDEO: Stephanie Rice confirms the rumours that she has a stripper pole in her apartment!)

Tags: Stephanie Rice, Stephanie Rice Instagram photo, Olympics, The Games, London Live, Kobe Bryant

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