Australia’s Greatest Athlete (Part 6)

12 11 2012

Career achievement

OLYMPIC MEDALS: 9.

GOLD: 5 (most ever by an Australian)

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

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

SILVER: 3

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

4x200m freestyle relay – 2004 Athens Olympics.

BRONZE: 1

100m freestyle – 2004 Athens Olympics.

OTHER MAJOR ACHIEVEMENTS 

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

http://sports.jrank.org/pages/4834/Thorpe-Ian-Awards-Accomplishments.html

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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