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July 29, 2004 | Lisa Dillman
In the past, Australian swimmer Ian Thorpe has expressed doubt about the sport's being drug-free, but his latest comments drew a heated response from FINA, the international governing body of swimming. "For anyone to think that they're swimming at a clean Olympics, they'd be naive," Thorpe, who won three gold medals at the 2000 Sydney Games, told an Australian TV network. "Of course I've swum against athletes that have been on drugs."
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July 27, 2009 | Lisa Dillman
This all started with an equipment malfunction in the morning relay and ended with the favored French sprinters wilting again, giving Michael Phelps and friends another riveting victory in the 400-meter freestyle relay. In between, there were world records tumbling and falling on Day 1 of the world championships. Six fell Sunday night, including one widely considered untouchable, Ian Thorpe's 400-meter freestyle record, as well the oldest women's mark on the books, the 100 butterfly.
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SPORTS
March 31, 2007 | Lisa Dillman, Times Staff Writer
This proud swimming nation awoke today to a report that a home-grown hero, Olympic icon Ian Thorpe, had "abnormal levels" of testosterone and luteinizing hormone in an out-of-competition drug test last May. And hours later, FINA, the international governing body for swimming, confirmed it had launched an appeal with the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) to investigate the matter.
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March 31, 2007 | Lisa Dillman, Times Staff Writer
This proud swimming nation awoke today to a report that a home-grown hero, Olympic icon Ian Thorpe, had "abnormal levels" of testosterone and luteinizing hormone in an out-of-competition drug test last May. And hours later, FINA, the international governing body for swimming, confirmed it had launched an appeal with the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) to investigate the matter.
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April 27, 2004 | Lisa Dillman, Times Staff Writer
Australian distance swimmer Craig Stevens stepped off the blocks, moving aside for his friend and teammate Ian Thorpe to compete in the 400-meter freestyle at the Summer Olympics in Athens. Although the decision had been expected, Stevens made his announcement on Australian national television Monday night. Apparently, altruism wasn't Stevens' only motive. Several media outlets reported that Stevens had received payment for his television interview and promises of other benefits.
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April 22, 2004 | Lisa Dillman, Times Staff Writer
Australian swim star Ian Thorpe will use the Janet Evans Invitational in Long Beach as one of his last tuneup events for the upcoming Olympics in Athens, meet organizers said. Thorpe, a three-time gold medalist in the 2000 Games at Sydney, Australia, will be accompanied by his 12 teammates on the Australian Olympic team. This includes Craig Stevens, who has been involved in a monthlong national controversy regarding the 400-meter freestyle event and Thorpe.
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September 13, 2000 | LISA DILLMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
He is in the store and on the shelves, and fairly soon, Ian Thorpe will be coming to a TV screen near you. The picture of the most famous 17-year-old in Australia decorates a huge department store window display in Darling Harbor. In a grocery store in a Chinatown market, Thorpe's cheery smile jumps off a box of Uncle Tobys Sports PLUS cereal. Which leads to one question. Doesn't the cereal box come after the Olympics?
NEWS
September 17, 2000
It's bad enough that Aussies love corny songs from the 1970s and '80s, blaring them on radios and through loudspeakers during these Games. Worse yet that they have used Abba's long-ago hit "Fernando" as the tune for an ode to swimmer Ian Thorpe. It goes something like this: "There was something in the pool tonight. In black and white. Thorpedo. He was shining there for you and me. All we could see. Thorpedo. Though we never thought that he could lose. With those big feet . . .
SPORTS
July 16, 2006 | Lisa Dillman, Times Staff Writer
International swim star Ian Thorpe's search for relative anonymity, and perhaps inspiration, has led him to USC, and the pool deck of Trojans Coach Dave Salo. Anonymity and Los Angeles would not seem to go hand in hand for a top athlete, much less the holder of five Olympic gold medals. But it does when he happens to be a heavily scrutinized celebrity in his home country of Australia, falling just behind the likes of actress Nicole Kidman and singer Kylie Minogue.
SPORTS
March 27, 2004 | From Staff and Wire Reports
World-record holder Ian Thorpe lost a chance to defend his 400-meter freestyle title in the Athens Olympics after being disqualified in the Australian trials. Thorpe fell off the starting blocks today on the first day of the eight-day Australian trials. He said he heard a noise, disrupting his concentration. But Thorpe's appeal to Australian Swimming officials was later dismissed.
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November 21, 2006 | Lance Pugmire, From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Five-time Olympic champion Ian Thorpe retired from competitive swimming Monday at the age of 24, saying breaking records "wasn't as inspiring as it should have been." Thorpe, who held a news conference at a Sydney hotel, said he decided at "2:53 on Sunday afternoon" not to swim at next year's world championships and to end his pro swimming career. "It's been a tough decision to make," he said. "I had to pick a time, that was the time. None of my goals included breaking any more world records.
SPORTS
July 16, 2006 | Lisa Dillman, Times Staff Writer
International swim star Ian Thorpe's search for relative anonymity, and perhaps inspiration, has led him to USC, and the pool deck of Trojans Coach Dave Salo. Anonymity and Los Angeles would not seem to go hand in hand for a top athlete, much less the holder of five Olympic gold medals. But it does when he happens to be a heavily scrutinized celebrity in his home country of Australia, falling just behind the likes of actress Nicole Kidman and singer Kylie Minogue.
SPORTS
July 29, 2004 | Lisa Dillman
In the past, Australian swimmer Ian Thorpe has expressed doubt about the sport's being drug-free, but his latest comments drew a heated response from FINA, the international governing body of swimming. "For anyone to think that they're swimming at a clean Olympics, they'd be naive," Thorpe, who won three gold medals at the 2000 Sydney Games, told an Australian TV network. "Of course I've swum against athletes that have been on drugs."
SPORTS
April 27, 2004 | Lisa Dillman, Times Staff Writer
Australian distance swimmer Craig Stevens stepped off the blocks, moving aside for his friend and teammate Ian Thorpe to compete in the 400-meter freestyle at the Summer Olympics in Athens. Although the decision had been expected, Stevens made his announcement on Australian national television Monday night. Apparently, altruism wasn't Stevens' only motive. Several media outlets reported that Stevens had received payment for his television interview and promises of other benefits.
SPORTS
April 22, 2004 | Lisa Dillman, Times Staff Writer
Australian swim star Ian Thorpe will use the Janet Evans Invitational in Long Beach as one of his last tuneup events for the upcoming Olympics in Athens, meet organizers said. Thorpe, a three-time gold medalist in the 2000 Games at Sydney, Australia, will be accompanied by his 12 teammates on the Australian Olympic team. This includes Craig Stevens, who has been involved in a monthlong national controversy regarding the 400-meter freestyle event and Thorpe.
SPORTS
March 27, 2004 | From Staff and Wire Reports
World-record holder Ian Thorpe lost a chance to defend his 400-meter freestyle title in the Athens Olympics after being disqualified in the Australian trials. Thorpe fell off the starting blocks today on the first day of the eight-day Australian trials. He said he heard a noise, disrupting his concentration. But Thorpe's appeal to Australian Swimming officials was later dismissed.
SPORTS
November 21, 2006 | Lance Pugmire, From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Five-time Olympic champion Ian Thorpe retired from competitive swimming Monday at the age of 24, saying breaking records "wasn't as inspiring as it should have been." Thorpe, who held a news conference at a Sydney hotel, said he decided at "2:53 on Sunday afternoon" not to swim at next year's world championships and to end his pro swimming career. "It's been a tough decision to make," he said. "I had to pick a time, that was the time. None of my goals included breaking any more world records.
NEWS
September 16, 2000 | LISA DILLMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
His elders could rave about braving the wall of sound at the Sydney International Aquatic Center, but American breaststroker Ed Moses had to let his eyes and ears do some first-hand Olympic investigating. Moses went out for today's early heats of the women's 400-meter individual medley and looked and listened, not wanting to be intimidated for his 100 breaststroke prelim later on.
NEWS
September 17, 2000
It's bad enough that Aussies love corny songs from the 1970s and '80s, blaring them on radios and through loudspeakers during these Games. Worse yet that they have used Abba's long-ago hit "Fernando" as the tune for an ode to swimmer Ian Thorpe. It goes something like this: "There was something in the pool tonight. In black and white. Thorpedo. He was shining there for you and me. All we could see. Thorpedo. Though we never thought that he could lose. With those big feet . . .
NEWS
September 16, 2000 | LISA DILLMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
His elders could rave about braving the wall of sound at the Sydney International Aquatic Center, but American breaststroker Ed Moses had to let his eyes and ears do some first-hand Olympic investigating. Moses went out for today's early heats of the women's 400-meter individual medley and looked and listened, not wanting to be intimidated for his 100 breaststroke prelim later on.
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