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Thorpe won a Commonwealth gold when he was 15
How do you cope with the pressure of a big final?

Finals are usually in the evening so I've had all day to gear up for it.

I always make sure I'm back at the pool in good time to do my warm-up.

I don't worry about anyone around me - just about my own performance.

When I dive in I let the preparation do all the work.

It's not about winning - it's about getting a time which I'm satisfied with.

Once the final's over I head home and get some sleep.

It may not sound like an exciting day but it is worth it for the victory!

Early swimming days

I made the national team when I was just 14 which meant a lot to me.

When I was 15, I won gold in the 200m freestyle at the Commonwealth Games and also became world champion.

I know I'm extremely fortunate because I had an opportunity that I never thought I would have at a very young age.

In Kuala Lumpa, people were always fascinated by my age but more by my size 17 feet!

It also took a lot of hard work.

Training

I train around 35 hours a week which means I probably swim around 120 km over the seven days.

I guess that is probably more than a lot of people drive!

I do two swimming sessions a day, seven days a week.

On top of all my mileage I do plenty of weight and fitness work in the gym and even some boxing too.

It's very hard work and the early mornings are tough but I enjoy the challenge.




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Ian Thorpe
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Ian Thorpe factfile
Nickname: Thorpedo or Thorpey
Home: Sydney
Based: Sutherland Leisure Centre
Pets: Miniature Fox Terrier called Tiny
Family: Ken (Father), Margaret (Mother), Christina (Sister)


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