THORPE Ian (1982) Australia / Swimming
For already several years considered to be the great new hope in international swimming, Australian Ian Thorpe hit home early in the Olympic pool in Sydney. Victorius in the 400 m freestyle and in the 4x100 and 4x200 m freestyle relays with his Australian team-mates, in particular Michael Klim, he who is nicknamed the "torpedo" seemed set to carry out a white-wash of the medals. But in the 200 m freestyle, he met his match in the Dutchman Van den Hoogenband, the latter being the great revelation of these games.Accused by certain to have taken growth hormones due to the fact that he has huge feet (size 17), the young Australian has said that he wants to undergo all the tests possible to show that he is clean. It is said that he lives in suffering and only eats at his home to avoid having his food tampered with by people wishing to do him a nasty turn.Others consider that he has a remarkable technique and is capable of such a leg stroke so quick that it is sufficient to leave his opponents standing.The fact remains that Thorpe will from now on be one of the great swimmers of all time and that he may soon take part in the sprint races. His individual performance in the 4x100 m relay in Sydney displayed that he has probably not explored all his limitations.