Libby Trickett checks out the University of the Sunshine Coast’s new 10-lane pool.
Libby Trickett checks out the University of the Sunshine Coast’s new 10-lane pool. Cade Mooney

Trickett gets back to form

SHE STILL has an infectious smile and a desire to win.

A year after ending her brief retirement and returning to the pool, triple Olympic gold medallist Libby Trickett wants the world to know that she is back and as hungry as ever.

Trickett, who arrived on the Sunshine Coast this week for a fortnight of training ahead of three World Cup meets in Asia, spoke candidly yesterday about her comeback and desire to make the Australian team for the 2012 London Olympics.

The sprint star and two-time Olympian, 26, admitted to initially struggling with her weight, but said that was now under control.

Something has clicked inside one of the true golden girls of Australian swimming and she firmly believes Olympic medals are still obtainable.

"I feel like in some respects I've turn a corner in my training," she said.

"I feel like we made some really positive progressions in the last few weeks, and I'm looking forward to racing in the World Cup tour."

Trickett, the short-course 100m world record holder, said her training times had become more consistent.

The winner of eight long-course world championship gold medals said was getting stronger and faster - an ominous warning to her rivals.

"Some of that work that I've done recently is pretty close to where I was at before I retired, which is really exciting - the fact that I'm almost there," she said.

"I just try and move forward, to be honest … I just want to keep getting faster and faster."

Despite a steely resolve to reclaim her standing as one of the world's best in her pet events - the 50m and 100m freestyle and 100m butterfly - she portrays an air of nonchalance - perhaps a tactic to keep the immense pressure on her at a manageable level.

"My ultimate goal is always winning, obviously," she said.

"But at the end of the day, some people have asked if I don't make the (Olympic) team or if I don't win a gold medal, will it have all been a failure and will I regret deciding to come back?

"For me, it's so much about the journey at the moment, and I'm loving every challenge and opportunity and obstacle that I'm having to overcome."