Currently alive, at 35 years of age.
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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).