Ian Thorpe

(Ian James Thorpe)

Ian Thorpe
Ian Thorpe
  • Born: October 13, 1982
  • Nationality: Australian
  • Profession: Athlete

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Ian James Thorpe, OAM is a retired Australian swimmer who specialised in freestyle, but also competed in backstroke and the individual medley. He has won five Olympic gold medals, the most won by any Australian, and with three gold and two silver medals, was the most successful athlete at the 2000 Summer Olympics. At the 2001 World Aquatics Championships, he became the first person to win six gold medals in one World Championship. In total, Thorpe has won eleven World Championship golds, the third-highest number of any swimmer. Thorpe was the first person to have been named Swimming World Swimmer of the Year four times, and was the Australian Swimmer of the Year from 1999 to 2003. His athletic achievements made him one of Australia's most popular athletes, and he was recognised as the Young Australian of the Year in 2000.

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Compared to how I have raced before and how I have competed, the success that I have had, this does look like doom compared to it. Success
For myself, losing is not coming second. It's getting out of the water knowing you could have done better. For myself, I have won every race I've been in.
I think it's better to attempt something and fail than it is to not even attempt it, so I'm glad that I've been prepared to put myself on the line there.
I think now I'll probably take a few days off and enjoy the competition and then sit down with a few people and work out what is next, work out what the next preparation will be and what competition will be next. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I thought I could, and thought I would, swim a lot quicker - much quicker.
I'll go for broke. Swim faster. It's not going to be easy - this whole thing was never going to be easy.
I'm disappointed that I really haven't been able to race in a way that is reflective of the amount of work that I have done and how I have trained. But I don't regret giving this a go. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I'm more comfortable knowing that, chances are, I'm going to fail at this. I've become comfortable with that.
I'm still swimming.
I've enjoyed training again, I've enjoyed pushing myself in the pool and I'll keep on swimming until I feel I cannot get any more out of myself.
I've missed out on a huge goal but the desire is still there.
Remember to do the things you enjoy away from swimming, regularly.
Sometimes we question things that we have done in our lives but how many times do we question what we haven't done in someone else's.
The fairytale has turned into a nightmare.
When I started this I wanted to get back in the pool, I wanted to race and I wanted to go to the Olympics. I still want to do all of those things.

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