Born: Oct 13, 1982 AD
Currently alive, at 32 years of age.
1982 - Ian Thorpe, born on the 13th of October in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. An australian athlete who dominated freestyle swimming.
1990 - Began swimming competitively at age eight, and, although he had been uncoordinated in other sports, he excelled in the pool.
1995 - At age 13 he broke 10 national age-group records in one meet, and the following year he became the youngest swimmer to make Australia's national team.
1998 - At the world championships he became at age 15 the youngest world swimming champion with his world-record victory in the 400-metre freestyle.
1999 - He competed at the Pan Pacific championships, where he set world long-course records in the 200-metre and 400-metre freestyle events. Aided by his height (6 feet 4 inches [2 metres]) and extraordinarily large feet, which some compared to flippers, Thorpe soon became known as the “Thorpedo.”
2000 - Already well known in Australia, he attracted widespread attention during the Olympics in Sydney, where he won three gold medals (400-metre freestyle, 4 × 200 metre freestyle relay, 4 × 100 metre freestyle relay) and one silver medal (200-metre freestyle).
2001 - He won six gold medals and set world records in the 200-metre freestyle, the 400-metre freestyle, and the 800-metre freestyle. He was also a member of the 4 × 200-metre freestyle relay team, which set a world record.
2002 - Continued his dominance of the freestyle as he won five events at the Pan Pacific championships (100-metre freestyle, 200-metre freestyle, 400-metre freestyle, 4 × 100-metre freestyle relay, and the 4 × 200-metre freestyle relay).
2003 - Earned three gold medals at the world championships (200-metre freestyle, 400-metre freestyle, and the 4 × 200-metre freestyle relay).
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