By Sarah Holt
BBC Sport in Melbourne
Ian Thorpe hopes to be swimming again soon, despite missing the Commonwealth Games because of illness.
Thorpe hopes to be back for next year's World Championships
The 23-year-old star, who is in Melbourne to follow his Australian team-mates, says he is on the mend.
"I'm feeling better and I'll be back in the pool soon," he told BBC Sport. "I've been here supporting the team.
"I think the Australians are performing as well as expected. But British swimmers are also doing much better than we thought, especially the Scots."
Thorpe, still the world record-holder at 200m and 400m freestyle, was speaking after Scottish swimmers Caitlin McClatchey and David Carry both won freestyle golds in the pool on Thursday.
He pulled out of the Games last week, after failing to recover from bronchitis and a chest infection.
Thorpe has not raced internationally since deciding to take a year off after winning his fifth Olympic gold in Athens in 2004.
He is planning to make his comeback at next year's World Championships in Melbourne as part of his preparations for Beijing in 2008.