Wednesday, November 22, 2006

One less reason to watch the 2008 Olympics

Ian Thorpe has just announced his retirement from competitive swimming, at the ridiculous age of 24. I can't believe the Australian wonder boy is hanging up his Speedos for good. I felt he still had at least 1 more Olympic title in him. He was 1 of the main reasons I'm dreaming-- wildly dreaming-- of going to Beijing in 2008 to watch the Olympics (I had a mad crush on him back in college; he was only 18 at the time, but already a cutie). And now he's retired, and he hasn't even given a concrete reason for it. It's not as if he's injured, or sick, or even washed-up (he's only 24!). It leaves me wondering why he suddenly lost his drive, why he gave up on a sport in which he excels, a sport he presumably loves. Breaks my heart, really. Reminds me of how I gave up teaching. I hope the Thorpedo (yes, they really call him that) has his own reasons, and damn good ones.

I really wanted to see him strike gold one more time. =(


At Wednesday, November 22, 2006, Anonymous jen ong said...


Michael Phelps isn't as cute as Ian. Sigh. :(

At Wednesday, November 22, 2006, Blogger Ailee Through the Looking Glass said...

You said it! =(

Sigh, bye bye Thorpey. You (and your skin-tight suits) shall be missed.

At Wednesday, November 22, 2006, Blogger Stone_set said...

I read in that it was because he wanted to live the rest of his life as a man and not as a swimmer-so while I think it's a shame, I totally think his decision is a really legitimate one :D

At Wednesday, November 22, 2006, Blogger Ailee Through the Looking Glass said...

I certainly hope so, for his sake.

Still, it's a tragedy for Australia. And part of me is upset that he won't serve his country one more time, while he's still able. Not many are that talented and so honored.


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