Thorpe has his sights set on 2013 World Championships

by SwimSwam Staff 32

January 04th, 2013 Australia, International, News

When Ian Thorpe decided to return to the pool in February of 2011 his intial goal was to qualify for the London Olympics in the 4 x 100 and 4 x 200 freestyle relays. That goal was far from being achieved. At the Australian Olympic Trials in March Thrope finished 12th in the 200 freestyle (1:49.91) and 21st in the 100 freestyle (50.35).

After missing a berth on the Australian Olympic team Thorpe told the press that he had not regretted his return to the pool and that his failure to make the Olympics was not the end of his comeback, “I intend to [continue]. I’ve enjoyed what I’ve been doing,” Thorpe told The Telegraph.

“I’ve enjoyed training again, I’ve enjoyed pushing myself in the pool and I’ll keep on swimming until I feel I cannot get any more out of myself.”

“I think it’s better to attempt something and fail than it is to not even attempt it, so I’m glad that I’ve been prepared to put myself on the line there.”

Eight months later he still feels the same way.

In an article written by BBC’s Nick Hope Thorpe was quoted as saying, “I still have a life in the pool.”

“I simply didn’t have enough time [before London] to prepare the way I wanted to and I had to compromise.”

“Now I can do exactly the training that I need to do with time on my side and I can get a preparation that will enable me to swim really well.”

Since the Australian Olympic Trials Thorpe has been busy; he worked at the Olympics as a pundit for BBC Television and since November has been promoting his book ‘This Is Me’.

In December he told the Australian he was ready to return to the pool without distraction, “I’ve had a few things that have kind of interrupted training but I’m happy preparing, and being able to get back in after the Olympics, feeling motivated by the Olympics as well.”

In his most recent interview with the BBC it is very obvious that he is not only enjoying training again, but that he has reconnected with the love he had for the sport as a child, “Having success again would be what that younger athlete I once was would tell me to do.”

… Thorpe initially retired in 2006 with great reluctance; at the time it appeared the Ian Thorpe brand was becoming much bigger than Ian Thorpe the athlete and simply wasn’t leaving enough time for him to commit to his training.

Even though at the time he stressed that he was too young to retire he felt he needed more balance in his life, “Swimming has been a security blanket but I haven’t balanced out my life. I realised I had to prioritise other things and let swimming take a backseat,” Thorpe told the BBC in 2006.

“I’m looking at the next phase and that means I’m realigning what the most important thing is for me to do.

“Swimming is not at the top of the list, which has not happened before.”


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Philip Johnson

good luck to him.


I was too young to watch Thorpe I his glory days but when I watch his races I can’t help to marvel at his technique. Has to be the most beautiful freestyle ever.


No. not even close. Alexander Popov is.


Not even close? Come on. You can claim to like Popov’s sprint stroke more, but to say Thorpe’s isn’t even close is just silly. The two freestyles are drastically different, to the point where comparing them is silly.


There was an interview with Aaron Peirsol, and he was asked if he ever saw a perfect swim, and he answered “Thorpe in the 400 in Athens”.

Watch his race and marvel how slow and relaxed he swam, and yet he was far ahead of the other thrashing swimmers.


Grant Hackett was a thrashing swimmer? 😉


I think it’s pointless to argue about the beauty of technique because it’s individual. For example, I like the powerful sprint strokes of Cielo and Adrian.


Anthony Ervin has the most beautiful (and efficient) stroke

Justin Thompson

It’s great that he’s competing and earning a good living after having squandered much of his wealth, but this guy isn’t going to be a contender going forward. He was great in his day, but without that body suit and the added years I just don’t see him even getting down to a 1:46 in the 200fr.


He broke many individual WRs including 1:45 and 3:41 in BRIEFS.

I watched him did it live in Sydney.

In fact, Thorpe was the LAST swimmer to have broken WRs wearing briefs. Not even Phelps did it.

Whether he is still able to do it is a different matter.


I would bet Sun yang would be able to break a WR on briefs.. at least Hackett 1500 original.. now.. his own from now would be a little harder.. but not impossible..

Mike Schmidt

He may have broken some WR’s in briefs, but if you’re referring to his 400m Free WR in the 2000 Sydney Olympics, he had a full body suit…..


I completely agree. This might be the greatest WR ever set. 3:41 in a brief. 1999 Commonwealth Games if I am not mistaken (in Sydney?) — it was just under 1 year before the introduction of the full tech suits. The picture of him diving off the blocks en route to this swim made the cover of SwimNews a month later–in a brief. Only Janet’s 400/800 rival or perhaps supersede it. It was a shot heard round the world. People everywhere were simply shocked and both swimmers and coaches were scratching their heads trying to figure out how they were going to have any chance against this guy. Always wonder how fast he could go in a rubber flotation suit…..3:35??… Read more »

Phelps wasn’t wearing briefs but it should be mentioned that he DESTROYED a WR in the 400 IM in Melbourne ’07 wearing only an FSII jammer…

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