Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Thorpe Admits Return Could Ruin Legacy; SWIMMING

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Thorpe Admits Return Could Ruin Legacy; SWIMMING

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RETURNING superstar Ian Thorpe admits he risks tarnishing his legacy after deciding to resume his swimming career following a four-year lay-off.

Thorpe, who won nine Olympic medals including five gold before walking away from the sport at the age of 24 in 2006, announced his return at a chaotic press conference in Sydney.

The 28-year-old confirmed he has been back in training since September and is targeting a berth on the 100m and 200m freestyle relay teams in the 2012 London Games.

"I've had an almost flawless career and I put that at risk," Thorpe said. "It would have been a lot easier to sit on that and not do a thing.

"But I still have a desire that there's things in swimming that I haven't done that I would like to achieve.

"So that's the balancing act of where fear and motivation come in, and it's a great place to be - on that edge - when it comes to getting a performance out of yourself." Thorpe, who dabbled in fashion design and television presenting in his time away from the pool, admits he "lost all of the enjoyment in what I was doing in the pool" but says his love affair with the sport is once again in full bloom. …

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