Ian Thorpe, bless his enormous size 17 cotton socks, has had a fairly rough couple of months. Earlier this year, the swimmer and Sydney 2000 gold medalist was admitted to a rehabilitation facility to treat depression. Additionally, he spent time in intensive care in April, following complications from shoulder surgery, which cast doubt on his future swimming prospects.
In the past, Thorpe has been open about his struggles with depression. In February this year, Thorpe was found wandering the Sydney street where his parents live at 3am, and was reportedly “disoriented” while on a mix of painkillers and prescription anti-depressants. He was later admitted to Bankstown hospital, where it was recommended he undergo a stay in a rehab facility.
At the time, Thorpe’s manager spoke of an outpouring of well-wishing and said “I don’t think there’d be a person in Australia who witnessed Ian’s success in the pool that doesn’t wish him the best of luck.” That sentiment still holds true today, as Thorpe prepares to commentate at the games.
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