Ian Thorpe

Australian Swimmer
Born Oct 13, 1982

Ian James Thorpe, OAM, nicknamed the Thorpedo and Thorpey, is an Australian swimmer who specialises in freestyle, but also competes in backstroke and the individual medley. He has won five Olympic gold medals, the most won by any Australian, and with three gold and two silver medals, was the most successful athlete at the 2000 Summer Olympics. At the 2001 World Aquatics Championships, he became the first person to win six gold medals in one World Championship.… Read More

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1982 Birth Born on October 13, 1982.


1994 - 1996 4 More Events
It was another chance to gain national selection, as the event served as the selection trials for the 1997 FINA World Swimming Championships. … Read More
At the age of 14, he became the youngest male ever to represent Australia, and his victory in the 400 metre freestyle at the 1998 Perth World Championships made him the youngest ever individual male World Champion.
1999 16 Years Old 1 More Event
1999 began with heavy media expectations that Thorpe would inevitably break both 200 m and 400 m world records, given his continuing physical growth. The first opportunity came in late March at the 1999 Australian Championships in Brisbane, which doubled as a selection event for the 1999 Pan Pacific Swimming Championships. … Read More
Thorpe started 2000 looking to add a third individual event to his Olympic schedule. … Read More
…  At the 2001 World Aquatics Championships, he became the first person to win six gold medals in one World Championship. … Read More
Thorpe began competition in 2002 at the Australian Championships in Brisbane in March, which were used to select the team for the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester and the 2002 Pan Pacific Swimming Championships. … Read More


2003 - 2004 4 More Events
2005 22 Years Old 1 More Event
…  After the Athens Olympics, Thorpe took a break from competitive swimming, skipping the 2005 World Aquatics Championships.
2006 - 2007 2 More Events
2011 28 Years Old 1 More Event
On 1 February 2011, Ian Thorpe announced that he would try to qualify for the 2012 Olympics in London.
Thorpe competed at Australia's Olympic Trials in 2012, but failed to make the team.


2013 30 Years Old 1 More Event
It was subsequently announced that he was targeting qualification for the 2013 World Championships in Barcelona and later the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow but was forced to abandon his plans due to a shoulder injury.
In 2014, he was presented with a Doctor of Letters from Macquarie University in recognition of his extraordinary contribution for the sport, philanthropy and Indigenous rights. … Read More
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