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    [Swimming] Thorpe Retires

    Star Thorpe announces retirement

    Thorpe was keen to look ahead at a packed Sydney news conference

    Five-time Olympic champion Ian Thorpe has stunned the world of swimming by retiring at the age of 24.
    The Australian won three gold medals at the 2000 Games in Sydney and added two titles in Athens four years later.
    But he has barely competed since then because of injury and fatigue, and told a news conference in Sydney he had been weighing up his future for some time.
    "I've had a great career. It isn't the best time to be walking away from the sport but it's my time," he said.
    "I don't think I should be retiring, I think I'm far too young to retire, but it's a thing that we should be celebrating. I've had a great career.
    "It's a decision that has been difficult. I realise that there's things in my life that are more important for me. "I've reached all the dizzying heights of this sport. I've had a tremendous amount of success and I've also had setbacks. "None of my goals included breaking any more world records. I knew how to do it, but it wasn't as inspiring as it should have been."


    source: BBC SPORT | Other Sport... | Swimming | Star Thorpe announces retirement

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    sad for him in one way - but he said he wasnt motivated to swim competively anymore and it wouldnt be for himself, so i guess in a way good on him.

    but he's only 24 - whats he gonna do now? commentate?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kingwillyhggtb View Post
    sad for him in one way - but he said he wasnt motivated to swim competively anymore and it wouldnt be for himself, so i guess in a way good on him.

    but he's only 24 - whats he gonna do now? commentate?
    He took a year off from the sport. Top athletes virtually never come back from that. I regarded him as retired back then.
    He's stated he may work in his cosmetics or designer clothing lines in the future.
    It's just a matter of time until he comes out!

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