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Ian Thorpe is a world-famous freestyle swimmer. At the age of 14, he became the youngest male swimmer ever to represent Australia and the youngest ever individual male World Champion. He has won nine Olympic medals (five gold) and eleven World Championship golds.
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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (October 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1471101223
  • ISBN-13: 978-1471101229
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.2 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,209,554 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If you are in any way a fan of Ian Thorpe or swimming I would recommend this book. If you are looking for a juicy salacious tell-all, this is not it. Also, you cannot really read this without knowing anything about swimming or his career, but then I doubt you would be interested. However, if you are, just read his wiki page and that should be sufficient.

The book is organized in a diary format in the year leading up to the Olympics. Each entry starts in the present-day struggle to earn a spot on the Aussie Olympic team, and then it reverts back to past memories or his personal ideas or beliefs on issues. The flashbacks are not in chronological order which I suppose is true to how a person looks back on past events, but it can be a little confusing at times. It's easier to read if you take each chapter at a time and don't try to organize it in your head like I did. The transitions from the present day to past events made me keenly aware that this was written by two writers. I imagine Ian kept a diary, and then very separately wrote about past events and the professional writer put it all together and published it in three months. So, like so many books now, it was rushed, and while clearly very edited, there are some grammatical errors and a lack of fluidity. This is why it lost a star for me. Either keep it real and rough, the way a diary is written, or make it perfectly professional. This was very much in between the two.

I will say the honesty throughout is really refreshing. You get a very good sense of what it must have been like to be a a champion at such a young age and the pressures he has lived with all these years and again with his comeback. He clearly is a very sensitive and private person and, as a long-time fan, this is his most revealing project.
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I was very moved by Ian's totally honest and up front description of his life. A man with great depth and an ambition to help others less fortunate. You don't have to agree with everything but I admire his commitment to the things he believes in.
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This book is based around Ian's comeback and extends into his life. Very readable and read it in a 2 or 3 days. It helped me to understand better the person he is and the pressures that he faces. Yes I would recommend it to others.
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Ian Thorpe is a champion. This comment is not restricted to just his swimming. He is a champion because he cares about being a human being. He cares about good old fashioned values. Therefore he represents to me what Australia is all about. Opportunites that can be taken to acheive something great. Great read.
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This book is a really interesting read, to see how easily he climbed to the pinnacle of world swimming and then the challenges of making a comeback after so long out of the water. I was expecting him to reveal that he is gay at some stage during the book, but it appears he is actually straight. This book has me looking forward to next years swimming world chamionships and hoping Thorpedo is on the start blocks.
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I enjoyed the writing in the autobiography and was surprised that Ian Thorpe could produce such beautiful prose. I loved the first chapter with the analogy of being one with the water.I believe he was a gifted student and is obviously able to think clearly and justify his reasons for making life changing decisions.
However, the book was just too technical for me. The references to number of breaths, working muscles, arm movements above and under water and all the associated physiology refences didn't interest me.
I am sure it would be a great point of reference for swimming coaches and students.
I was glad I read the book though and have a new respect for sports people coping with media pressure.
I also love Ian Thorpe. He is an interesting mixture of philosopher, sportsperson and fashionista.
If you want to improve your swimming style or learn how to process decisions, read this book.
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I loved reading his thoughts during a very hard process he went through, no matter what the outcome was he will forever remain my idol and not only because of his swimming ability. If you are a fan like me, or you are a swimmer you will enjoy this book as much as I did.
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This is a warts and all look at the real life of a very likeable and famous athlete. Thorpe modestly examines the good and bad aspects of a public life, the media pressure, the training schedules, competition and his family. Loneliness, self doubt and depression are revealed.
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