Ian Thorpe

Active - 2008 - 2014  |   Born - Oct 13, 1982 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia  |   Genres - Drama

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Factsheet

  • Began swimming at age 5.
  • Was allergic to chlorine as a child.
  • At age 14, became the youngest swimmer to represent Australia in swimming.
  • Named Australian Swimmer of the Year from 1999 to 2003.
  • With three gold and two silver medals, was the most successful athlete at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia; won an additional four medals at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece.
  • Won 11 World Championship gold medals in his career.
  • Founded the Ian Thorpe Fountain for Youth, which works to better the lives and education of Indigenous Australian youths in remote communities, in 2000.
  • Was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in 2001.
  • Retired from swimming in 2006; came out of retirement in 2011 to try to make the Australian squad for the 2012 Olympics in London, but failed to qualify.
  • Published his autobiography, This Is Me, in 2012.
  • In 2012, won the Australian Human Rights Medal for his charity work with Indigenous children.