bbc.co.uk
Home
TV
Radio
Talk
Where I Live
A-Z Index
BBC Sport Academy
GAMES CHAT PHOTOS QUIZ WIN
BBC Sport You are in: Swimming: Features  

Homepage
Swimming
Skills
Give It A Go
Masterclasses
Features
Safety
Equipment
Jargon Guide
Disability



Latest Sports News
CBBC
Academy Parent

Get the newsletter
Thorpedo's tips for the top
Around the Academy:

Ian Thorpe
Thorpe: The human fish
Australian swimming hero Ian Thorpe gives the Academy his secrets behind his success.


Typical race day

It generally consists of two races - the heat in the morning and the final in the evening.

For the heats, the best form of preparation is relaxation.

I usually wake up quite early and have my breakfast. I'll then head off to the pool and start warming up.

I've got a set warm-up procedure, making sure I warm up every muscle for the race.

Ian Thorpe
Thorpe focuses on the race

I always do the same warm-up for every competition and I think I always will because I know it works.

As my heat gets closer I try to start focusing. It's crucial you have a good heat.

This will ensure I'm in the final, keep me confident and guarantee that I get a good lane in the race that matters.

Rest and mental preparation

Between the heats and the final I go back to my hotel and have lunch and a rest for a couple of hours.

There's no point staying around the pool as it can be quite distracting.

Whatever I do will not use up too much mental or physical energy.

Despite qualifying for the final, I try and stay as neutral as I can with my emotions.

If I stay neutral it means I don't go through highs and lows in the competition.

If you have to compete day after day, week after week you don't want to get too emotional or you may lose control.

I like to stay very controlled.


Back to top




Race day
Training
Big feet

Open Quote
I try and stay as neutral as I can with my emotions so I don't go through highs and lows in the competition
Close Quote
Ian Thorpe
Swimmer

Thorpedo facts
Date of Birth: 13 October, 1982, Australia
Favourite Event: 400m freestyle
Favourite Food: Caramel Space Food Sticks, Chocolate, Japanese: Sashimi
Favourite Movies: Long Kiss Goodnight, Billy Madison, Traffic
Shoe size: 17


FROM THE BBC >>
:: Thorpe's double gold
:: Is Thorpe the greatest?



^^ Back to top
© BBC Contact us | Help | About us Disclaimer
Football  |  Cricket  |  Tennis  |  Golf  |  Rugby Union  |  Rugby League  |  Athletics  |  Basketball  |  Swimming
Other Sport  |  In the Gym  |  Healthy Eating  |  Treatment Room  |  Your Blueprint  |  Learning Centre