Ian Thorpe

Ian Thorpe 'happy' at demise of Lance Armstrong

Ian Thorpe

Former Olympic swimming champion Ian Thorpe said he was "happy" at cycling star Lance Armstrong's downfall and congratulated the United States doping authorities who exposed the seven-time Tour de France winner as a drug cheat.

Friday, 14 December, 2012, 2:11am

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Andrew Leung Kwan-yuen

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The thing I find hurtful about it is people are questioning my integrity and what I say

1 Nov 2012 - 2:58am

Thorpe angered by constant questions over sexuality

Ian Thorpe. Photo: AFP

Australian swimming great Ian Thorpe has hit out at the innuendo surrounding his sexuality that has followed him for much of his career, and said the most frustrating thing was the implication that he would lie about it.

31 Oct 2012 - 12:59pm

Michael Phelps enjoying the challenge of trying to master golf

American Michael Phelps, the 18-time Olympic swimming gold medallist, lines up a putt at the World Celebrity Pro-Am tournament in Haikou, Hainan Island. Photo: AP

There was a strange air of smug satisfaction rising from the galleries at last week's Mission Hills World Celebrity Pro-Am in Hainan as the game of golf reduced Michael Phelps to the role of mere mortal.

History's greatest swimmer might be the most natural thing mankind will ever put into a pool but back on dry land Phelps was finding things were not going all his own way.

28 Oct 2012 - 1:55am

Short Sport, October 14, 2012

Armstrong scandal claims more victims

14 Oct 2012 - 2:36am

I occasionally have little competitive voices in my head when I watch Phelps

Regrets, there are none - but little voices inside his head niggled the Thorpedo when he watched Michael Phelps storm to a world record in the 400m individual medley yesterday.

11 Aug 2008 - 12:00am

Olympics Down Under

The Sydney Olympics were the biggest, brashest and most popular Games the world had ever seen. They cost more than A$6 billion (HK$44 billion) to stage and saw 10,651 athletes compete in 300 sporting events.

17 Jun 2008 - 12:00am

Home fans 'will hand China edge'

The home crowds will give Chinese swimmers the edge at the Water Cube during the Beijing Games says Australian double 1,500 metres Olympic gold medallist Kieren Perkins.

19 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Thorpe, Yang have faith in Beijing's ability to curb pollution

At this time four years ago, Ian Thorpe was on mountain tops swimming in what he described as 'tiny, disgusting pools'. In 2004, with less than 200 days until the Olympics, Thorpe, who would end up winning four medals in Athens, was beginning his toughest cycle, swimming at high altitude and doing a lot of a kilometres.

27 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Australia QUIZ

Test your general knowledge. The answers are below.

26 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

There's more to life than swimming

The crowd cheered wildly as swimming world record holders Ian Thorpe and Leisel Jones arrived in town last week to promote Hong Kong's 2009 East Asian Games programme.

The Australian swimming legends provided some valuable tips for members of the Hong Kong national squad who took part in a 4x50-metre relay at the University of Hong Kong pool.

25 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Thorpe only wants to clear his name and put his size 17 feet up

Australian swimming great Ian Thorpe has undergone 'six months of hell' as he still waits for the world governing body, Fina, to fully clear him from allegations that his golden success in the pool was drug-fuelled.

'The system clearly does not work,' said Thorpe, who has been in town this week and been involved with Hong Kong's 2009 East Asian Games awareness programme.

23 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

824 days to go

Come on in, the water's fine. There's a new event on the Olympic programme and it's destined to become a hardy highlight. After 20 years of long-distance swimmers begging and pleading, the International Olympic Committee has given a slot to the 10km open-water race, the gruelling marathon of the water world.

7 May 2006 - 12:00am

Thorpe invokes memories of 9/11 to endorse New York bid

On September 11, 2001, Ian Thorpe watched the world change with shocked eyes. Even today, there is a hint of disbelief in his eyes as he re-lives those moments of terror that tore apart a city.

5 Jul 2005 - 12:00am

Sports Quiz

1. In which city was the Australian F1 Grand Prix initially held?

2. Which is the oldest club in the English league?

3. Who lit the flame at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics?

4. Steffi Graf claimed gold in the women's tennis singles at the Seoul Games, but what medal did she win in the women's doubles?

21 Dec 2003 - 12:00am