Ariarne Titmus handles the prospect of Tasmanian sporting immortality as calmly as she does a field of elite international swimming rivals or indeed pack of hardened journalists.
Aside from global accolades like world titles, world records and being hailed best female swimmer on the planet by Swimming World magazine, the Australian sensation is on the verge of achieving something much closer to home.
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In Tokyo in a month's time, Titmus could become the first Tasmanian to claim an individual Olympic gold medal.
From cyclist Michael Grenda in 1984 to rower Scott Brennan in 2008, all the state's Olympic champions have been part of a team.
Informed of the fact before jetting off to Japan to contest the 200, 400 and 800-metre freestyle events, Titmus dealt with the possibility as comfortably as she does the weight of a nation's Olympic expectation.
"I didn't know that," she said.
"I know there's been a few Tasmanian Olympians in the past but honestly thinking about records or stats like that doesn't motivate me. If that's the thing that motivates me then I think I'm in the wrong game here.
I'm trying to become Olympic champion because it's my childhood dream and something I want to achieve for myself, my coach, my country and my family.Ariarne Titmus
"To do it as the first Tasmanian would be unbelievable but that's definitely not the motivator."
The response summed up a single-minded, driven athlete who has also become an accomplished media performer and polished brand ambassador.
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Fronting a Zoom press conference with assorted media tuning in from across Australia, Titmus silkily responds to questions about COVID, pressure, schedule, technique, whether Cate Campbell should be flag-bearer, the rivalry with multiple Olympic champion Katie Ledecky and even the prospect of Tasmanian sporting history with equal gravitas and insight.
Midway through one extended answer she pauses to allow a plane to pass overhead before resuming mid-sentence, lest the quote be drowned by the sound of jet engines.
She may still be only 20, but this is a politician's level of media savviness and a far cry from the shy 14-year-old whose family relocated from Launceston to Brisbane in 2015 to enable her to chase her dreams.
That tough decision has been rewarded with nine world championship medals (four of them gold), three Commonwealth Games titles and favouritism for her two shorter events in Tokyo despite the presence of five-time Olympic and 15-time world champion Ledecky.
Six years after swapping St Patrick's College in Prospect for St Peters Lutheran College in Indooroopilly, Titmus' meteoric rise under supercoach Dean Boxall had her among the most in-demand interview requests at the Australian Swim Team's pre-Olympic camp in Cairns.
Reflecting on her stunning three wins at Olympic trials in Adelaide - two of which were the second fastest times in history - the modest champ declared herself "happy" with the past and "ready" for the future.
So relaxed is Titmus with the whole process, she calls herself "stupid" for minute errors of technique and produces some delicious soundbites like: "Pressure's a privilege."
"It was good to look back on how I swam and the biggest thing for me is looking at where I can still try and find improvements," she said.
"In the races I'm in I think I'm going to have to be absolutely at my best form to win with Katie in the field and she's the reigning Olympic champion so it's going to be a tough one to get my hand on the wall first.
"The pressure that I put on myself and Dean, my coach, puts on me to perform is higher than the pressure I feel from the public. Honestly, I don't know whether it's something in my mind or the way I am but I don't feel the pressure too much. I see things and read them and kind of go 'yeah, whatever, they are not the ones who have to do the race' so I kind of look at it that way.
"Pressure's a privilege and something that I have to use to help me swim fast and use my nerves as well because I know that when I'm nervous and excited it means that the race matters and I'm going to get the best out of myself when I feel that energy. I just have to take it all in, utilise it as best I can and hope that I can perform for our country."
Facing a schedule that will also include the 4x200m relay, Titmus will compete on six days at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre including morning and evening on both July 28 and 29.
This is nothing new for someone with world championship and Commonwealth Games experience, and the advertising dream with 26,000 Instagram followers and sponsorship endorsements with Nike, Speedo and Harvey Norman is just happy to be heading to her first Olympics during a global pandemic.
"I think it's been amazing how much everyone has just adapted to the circumstances. I think we're all just so excited that we are able to go to Tokyo and willing to do everything we can to get there. If that means pack up with a couple of hours' notice and shift states, that's what people are willing to do and I guess it shows the culture of the team.
"We know it's going to be a big process with travel and COVID testing and moving into the village but I think we're all going to be prepared for that. It's just one thing we have to do (because) it's going to be a very different Games and we're going to have to adapt to circumstances and go with the flow and the people who do that the best are going to be able to perform.
"I think we've all learned that routines are important but when they get put out of whack it's not the end of the world and that's been really great for us mentally. And I believe that everyone is just so grateful to be able to have this opportunity after the past year-and-a-half and that has made us realise how lucky we are to be here."
Titmus, whose numerous accolades range from the 2014 individual female winner at The Examiner's junior sports awards to the 2019 Tasmanian Athlete of the Year and Australian swimmer of the year, appears at ease with her status in what is traditionally one of her country's most successful Olympic sports.
"Even though this is my first Olympics I've actually been on the team since December 2016 so I feel like I've definitely made my way into the team and feel comfortable with everyone and I can play a role in the team. That's something that's really exciting. When I first made the team I was 16 years old quite young and naive and looked up to other people but now it's crazy to think as a 20-year-old I'm now kind of a resident on the team but it's nice."