This phase can clearly represent Ian Thorpe’s attitude towards swimming. Although the five-time Olympic gold champion missed out on his opportunity to qualify for the London 2012 Olympics following his return, he stated that he didn’t have any regrets about making a comeback to the sport that he’s most passionate about. In fact, his performance in the 100m freestyle at the national swimming trials in Adelaide was his best yet since his comeback. Unfortunately, his timing wasn’t good enough to match up to some of the younger and upcoming prospects.
“I’m still swimming. When I started this I wanted to get back in the pool, I wanted to race and I wanted to go to the Olympics. I still want to do all of those things. I’ve missed out on a huge goal … but the desire is still there.” Thorpe said.
Leigh Nugent, the Australian head coach for swimming had suggested to Thorpe about continuing with his dream and trying out for the Rio 2016 Olympics. Although Thorpe is already approaching his 30s this year and will be 34 by the next games, he isn’t ruling out this option just yet.
“It’s tough. It’s hard coming to this competition and really failing in what I set out to do. I’m disappointed that I really haven’t been able to race in a way that’s reflective of the hard work that I’ve done. I’m glad I was willing to put myself out there.”
Although his timing for the 100m freestyle had improved from that of last month and since he started out, it still wasn’t fast enough. His timing of 50.35 seconds was also not close to his personal best of 48.52, which he had set in the Athens 2004 Olympics. If he was able to match up to that timing, he would have been able to earn a spot in the team’s relay. As for now, it seems that he will carry on with swimming and look to next year’s world championships in Barcelona and the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Read the full article HERE.
Making a comeback in any form of sport is never easy. Firstly, it isn’t easy to return after 5 years, considering that there are many younger prospects. Secondly, it can be quite pressurising as everyone will be watching and expecting you to perform at your prime. So why do athletes still do it? It’s not for the money or fame, it’s simply because of passion. This goes the same for Ian Thorpe, who is so passionate about swimming that even after he failed to make the London 2012 Olympics, he still wanted to carry on and make preparations for future competitions. This is a true representation of how a winner never quits.
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