Once a five time Olympic gold medallist, now struggling to make the cut. Ian Thorpe’s journey has been nothing short of a roller coaster ride. So where exactly does he stand now in terms of making a comeback?
In preparations for the 2012 London qualifying event, Ian Thorpe has been guided by his local mentor, Bernie Mulroy and national coach, Leigh Nugent. However, he doesn’t have confidence and expectation of making the the team after his progress so far.”The most realistic outcome of this is that I will most likely fail,” he told Channel 10.
He will be taking part in the 100m and 200m freestyle at the championships which start in Adelaide next Thursday. This is sort of a warm up and a gauge to see where he is currently at and at the same time, size up the competition from the rest of his competitors. His most likely route to the Games team is a top six finish in the 200m event, which should be enough to get him into the relay squad for London. However, he feels that he is still not ready yet and that he requires more time. “I wish I had another six months to do this,” Thorpe said. “I wish I had more time to do it.”
Ian Thorpe did state that even if he didn’t make the cut for the London Olympics, he will probably still continue swimming for awhile. “It will probably be the last time I will be able to do this so I want to be able to make the most of it,” Thorpe said. “So I’ll probably swim for at least a year or two after the Games.” The full article can be found HERE.
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