Covered In Gold And Gory Former Australian Swimmer Lan Thorpe Left The Imprint Of Champions

Covered in gold and glory, former Australian swimmer Ian Thorpe left the imprint of champions and their rage to win at the bottom of the pools, before plunging into depression and excess upon retirement.

Covered In Gold And Gory Former Australian Swimmer Lan Thorpe Left The Imprint Of Champions

Former Australian swimming star Ian Thorpe, depressed since the end of his exceptional career, was interned after he discovered wandering a Sydney street on drugs.

Dazed and disoriented, Thorpe, 31, was hospitalized overnight Sunday to Monday at a private clinic as he tried to get behind the wheel of a car near his parents' home, his manager James Erskine confirmed.

It was neighbors who sounded the alarm, intrigued by the erratic behavior of the athlete who is unable to adapt to life outside the pools, according to those around him. James Erskine said he did not consume alcohol, but painkillers and antidepressants. He takes prescription drugs, painkillers for his shoulder, and also treated for depression. But it was the mix that confused him, he said. He tried to get into a car he thought belonged to a friend, but it was not a friend's car. He hadn't had any alcohol at all, said the manager.

Ian Thorpe's father, Ken, said he was optimistic about his son's chances of getting through this. He has health problems and a difficult pass. But I hope that in six months he will be back, he told the Daily Telegraph, significantly moved.

A creeping depression.

That is the second hospitalization of the five-time Olympic swimming champion in two weeks. According to the press, Thorpe hospitalizes at the end of January for depression and alcohol abuse. His PR agency SEL claimed he had had shoulder surgery.

The swimmer, one of Australia's most famous athletes, struggles to mourn swimming and his missed return to the 2012 London Olympics, for which he failed to qualify.

In 2013, he published. It's Me, an autobiography in which he admitted to having problems with depression and alcohol. Even my family doesn't know that I spent a large part of my life struggling with what I might call a creeping depression, he said in his book, among other things. It was a terrible black hole. I guess it was inevitable that I turned to artificial means to control my feelings and found the alcohol.

With excellent hands and feet, Thorpe is the Australian athlete with the most Olympic gold medals, four at the Sydney Games in 2000, and one at the Athens Games in 2004.

Eleven-time world champion, he was also the first swimmer to win six gold medals at a single world championship in 2001.

According to his former rival Grant Hackett, as quoted by Fairfax Media, the team life suited the introverted nature of Ian Thorpe, who could not bear the loneliness when leaving the pools. It's not a transition that a lot of people prepared for. It’s difficult, and you have to be very well surrounded, whatever your level, to make this transition successfully, he explained.

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