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This Is Me Hardcover – October 1, 2012
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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.Read more ›
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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This autobiography is predominately about Ian Thorpe's comeback to try and make the team for the London Olympics and therein lies the main problem: he unfortunately did not make... Read morePublished on August 6, 2013 by coolhand
A great account of the personal side of the great swimmer - information not revealed previously. The pressures revealed behind the scenes.Published on April 26, 2013 by Bazza B
This is a fantastic athlete and admirable person. You get to get into the head of Ian Thorpe, the person, and see he is quite likeable and normal, though he may think... Read morePublished on April 7, 2013 by Michael
Touching story almost like a confession. Ian proves himself being not only a great swimmer but a great person too.Published on February 11, 2013 by Pen Name
Fantastically written book; great insight to the life of an amazing athlete and true global citizen. A must read if you like swimming and one of its most successful athletes.Published on January 30, 2013 by Kristiana Moore
I have been a fan of Ian Thorpe's for a while and was surprised that he came across as a self-centered jerk in this book. Read morePublished on January 19, 2013 by Anne Marie Robinson
Good read to understand his feelings, too many statistics. Unless you are involved in swimming, it is hard to understand all the times required for him to swim.Published on January 10, 2013 by Fran Taylor