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Thorpe
Ian Thorpe shows off his size 17 feet
Feet

There isn't much I can say about my feet - I guess I was lucky to be born with sized 17 feet.

They certainly help me to swim faster!

Training diet

For breakfast I have cereal, toast and fruit juice.

The rest of my meals in the day consist of low fat meals, high carbohydrate with a lot of protein and plenty of vegetables.

I have one night off a week when I go out to a restaurant with my friends - and eat whatever I want!

This helps me to keep a bit of normality in my life.

It would be ridiculous if I ate healthily every time I was hungry.

You need to have a little bit of fun.

Freestyle tips

  • Keep the efficiency of your stroke underneath the water.

    There's no point moving your arms as quickly as you can out of the water because you will not go any faster.

  • It is important to coordinate the kick with the strokes.

    This will help you get a better rhythm.

  • The most important thing though is to enjoy your swimming. If you don't enjoy it there's no point doing it.

Future

I really hope I can continue to be successful. If I'm not then I'll find something that I hope I enjoy as much as the last few years in sport.

If I don't continue to improve and find I've already reached my peak - I'll be disappointed.

But I'll move on.

I'm only 20 at the moment so I think there are a few years of swimming left in me!




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Ian Thorpe
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Thorpedo facts
Favourite television programmes: Friends and Ally McBeal
Favourite Drinks: Mango smoothie, Ground Zero coffee, fresh juices
Favourite Music Groups: Offspring, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Silver Chair
Interests: Movies, water skiing and going out with friends
Ambition in life: To be the best that I can be


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