Ian Thorpe swimmer and fit body

Ian ‘The Thorpedo’ Thorpe changing shape – what a difference!

For 10 years The Thorpedo competed and swam his littlwe heart out in competitive swimming,  Ian Thorpe was a perfect example of physical perfection thanks to his athletic figure, a rigouirous training schedule and heatlthy lifestyle.   After over two years since he announced his retirement, its perhaps no surprise to see ‘The Thorpedo’ is looking noticeably thicker round the waist without his daily swimming sessions.

Spotted enjoying a day in the sun in Dolans Bay in Sydney earlier today, the 26-year-old’s girth appears to have expanded since his heyday at the Athens Olympics five years ago.

After and before

While he still has his golden tan and the remainders of a six pack on his torso, his waist was noticeably expanded at the side.   Ian  is currently enjoying the last few days of his summer vacation before returning to university next week. He is currently studying psychology and linguistics at Macquarie University, so a fit body beacuse he still is fit and brains too.   He spent some of the Christmas and New Year season in Brazil with his flatmate, Brazilian swimmer Daniel Mendes.   After announcing his retirement in 2006 and stopping his daily training sessions, it was expected Thorpe’s fitness levels would reduce, leaving his physique dramatically altered.

The Australian started competitive swimming at the tender age of seven and went on to compete in his first national tournament when he was 14.  During his short, but incredibly successful career, Thorpe won five Gold medals during the 2000 Sydney Olympics and the 2004 Athens Olympics. He also won six golds at the 2002 Commonwealth games in Manchester.

In November 2006, after being forced to withdraw from the Commonwealth Games that year over illness, Thorpe publicly stepped down from the sport.   He said: ‘I’ve had a great career. It isn’t the best time to be walking away from the sport but it’s my time.  ‘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.’



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