November 21, 2006 |
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.
July 16, 2006 |
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.
July 29, 2004 |
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."
April 27, 2004 |
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.
April 22, 2004 |
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.
March 27, 2004 |
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.