It was on this day, November 20th, that Ian Thorpe announced his retirement from the sport of swimming 5 years ago.
This bit of history is an apropos nugget in the shadow of Thorpe’s return to the sport two weeks ago on the Asian swing of the World Cup series. There, his times weren’t spectacular (he’s not even close to qualifying for the Olympics), but when considered in the context of how long he was out of competitive swimming, maybe they weren’t so bad afterall.
- Haley Anderson, 20 – One of the stars of the USC Trojans, Anderson made her first international debut this past summer as a member of the American open water squad in Shanghai.
- Wang Xiaohong, 43 – 1992 Olympic silver medalist for China, Wang now is the head coach of the California Dolphins Swim Team.