Stephanie Rice in the spotlight after racy picture
Stephanie Rice in the spotlight after racy picture

It appears the lure of social networking is just too much for Australia Olympic swimmer Stephanie Rice.

24-year-old Rice, who won three gold medals at the 2008 Beijing Games, has posted a revealing picture wearing only a ‘birthday suit’.

Rice posted the picture via twitter, and thanked her friend Ellie Gonsalves for the bikini.

While there were originally fears that the picture may lead to a conflict of interest with her sponsors, her management have denied this to be the case.

It is not the first time Rice has posted a revealing self-portrait on social media – in 2008 she donned a policewoman’s costume and posted it to Facebook.

And more recently her red cozzi, post-break-up portrait posted in Twitter soon after her split from Wallaby Quade Cooper also caused a stir.

The picture can be seen on Rice's twitter account here.