The Very Beginning: Ian Thorpe (Part 2).

15 10 2012

Ian James Thorpe

The Young Years

Ian Thorpe, world champion swimmer at 15 became Australia’s greatest ever Athlete.

From the early age of five Ian started swimming when his sister was advised to swim after a wrist injury, to strengthen the wrist. Unfortunately Ian had an allergic reaction to chlorine from a young age and swam with his head out the water. It wasn’t until 1994 when he was 12, he was more accustomed to chlorine where he competed for the very first time where he won 9 individual gold medals.

1995 saw Ian move to high school and change coach to Doug Frost.

His National debut in 1996 at 14 saw him achieve five gold, two silver and two bronze at Australasia’s age championships in Brisbane.

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Swimming Legend The ‘Thorpedo’ Talks Depression & Troubles (Part 1).

13 10 2012

Ian Thorpe (The Thorpedo) Australians five-time Olympic champion has revealed thoughts of suicide and depression through his record breaking career.

Thorpe has only opened up to his family this year announcing that he had the disease from a young age and throughout his career as an elite swimming athlete. He has learnt to control the problem enough to speak publically and has an autobiography ‘This Is Me’.

12th October

So where did it go wrong…

11 World titles,

Five-time gold Olympic Champion,

A glittering career,

Australia’s greatest athlete and most recognised sports people.

Or…

Rumours about his sexuality,

Drinking to avoid demons,

Unsuccessful attempt to qualify for London 2012 after coming out of retirement in 2010.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/swimming/19935433