Anyone remember Ian Thorpe?
He is the Australian swimmer who is making a comeback to the sport after retiring in 2006 having won five gold medals at the 2000 and 2004 Olympic Games in Sydney and Athens. Ring any bells?
The 29-year-old, nicknamed `Thorpedo, ` was a firm fans’ favourite, but decided not to continue racing beyond 2006 after a number of illnesses and a change in his coaching staff.
However in February of this year he made the announcement that he was going to try and attempt to qualify for the Olympic Games in London next year, sparking excitement among swimming fans who would love to see him take on the incredible Michael Phelps.
Many labelled Thorpe as the greatest swimmer the world has ever seen, but perhaps the emergence of Phelps has persuaded Thorpe to return and prove he is the better of the two. He is due to swim in Tokyo early next week, and this will give pundits and fans an early indication as to how his form and fitness is progressing. Thorpe told the Telegraph:
“If I get to the end of Tokyo and I’m not swimming faster, I’m going to be very frustrated and quite annoyed. Because I expect this of myself, it’s what needs to happen and if not, I have to reconsider what I’m doing in training. I’ll have to readjust some things.”
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*quotes courtesy of the Telegraph