Australia’s Greatest Athlete (Part 6)

12 11 2012

Career achievement


GOLD: 5 (most ever by an Australian)

400m freestyle, 4x100m freestyle, 4x200m freestyle – 2000 Sydney Olympics.

200m freestyle, 400m freestyle – 2004 Athens Olympics.


200m freestyle, 4x100m medley – 2000 Sydney Olympics.

4x200m freestyle relay – 2004 Athens Olympics.


100m freestyle – 2004 Athens Olympics.


World records set: 22

(18 long course, 4 short course).

World championship medals: 13

(11 gold, 1 silver, 1 bronze)

Commonwealth Games medals: 11

(10 gold, 1 silver)

Youngest male selected to represent Australia: 14 (1997 Pan Pacific Championships)

At age 15, was the youngest male swimmer ever to win a world  championship (400m freestyle, 1998).

listed among People‘s Sexiest Men Alive: Awesome Aussies (2000).

Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM): 2001.

Thorpe has won eight gold medals, more than any athlete in the  Federation Internationale de Natation Amateur.

Named world swimmer of the year four times

(1998, 1999, 2001, 2002)

Retired November 21, 2006 aged 24.

Announced his return February 2, 2011 aged 28


A Glittering Career (Part 3)

21 10 2012

Ian’s first International competition was in 1997, the Pan-Pacific meet when he finished second in the 400 freestyle. He was then 14 years old.

A young talented individual from a young age and the youngest swimming athlete from Australia. The pressure on Ian must have been intense from this young age as he entered the 1998 World Championships he won both the 200 and 400 freestyle.

He became the media darling of Australia going into the Sydney 2000 Olympics, immense pressure from a young age and an international world breaking athlete saw Ian dominate 2000 Sydney Olympics in his own Country.

He won three gold medals at the 2000 Olympic Games, but his only individual title was in the 400 free, as he finished second in the 200 freestyle. With three relay medals, he won five Olympic medals at the Sydney Games.

Australia’s Greatest Swimmer…

The 2001 World Championships Ian achieved the 200, 400 and 800 metre freestyle events, all in world record times an incredible achievement. He also swam on three winning relay teams.

Ian became the first person to win six gold medals at a single World Championship.

At the 2002 Pan-Pacific meet, Thorpe won five titles – three individual in the 100, 200, and 400 freestyles, and two relay championships. He has set 13 individual world records (through 2006).

Although slightly overshadowed by Michael Phelps, Thorpe won four more Olympic medals at the 2004 Athens Olympics, with gold’s in the 200 and 400 metre freestyles.

The Best of Ian Thorpe… His Glittering Swimming Career

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.


Rumours about his sexuality,

Drinking to avoid demons,

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