Rebecca Adlington keen for London celebration

Olympian Rebecca Adlington has revealed that she is keen to party with family and friends in London next year, after being too far away to do so during the Beijing Olympic Games.

The 22-year-old only had her parents with her in China when she won two gold medals – in the 400m and 800m freestyle events – and was a envious when she saw how much fun everyone was having back home, reported the Daily Star.

With London 2012 just around the corner, Adlington has already decided that she wants to be within a reasonable distance from function venues in the city, so that she can celebrate with her loved ones if she wins another medal.

Reflecting on Beijing 2008, she said: “I was honestly gutted I wasn’t in that living room. I know that sounds stupid but 25 of my closest family and friends were crammed in. My two sisters still talk about it. I still look at the photos from the party and think, ‘I always miss the party’.”

According to BBC News, Adlington has been shortlisted to become the BBC East Midlands Sports Personality of the Year, showing how she has endeared herself to fans and the British public.

She faces competition from cricketers Stuart Broad and Graeme Swann for the accolade, with the winners being revealed at a ceremony at Loughborough University on November 17th 2011.