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Ian Thorpe Under the Magnifying Glass

Ian_thorpe_1Australian Olympic swimmer Ian Thorpe, who recently bought a million dollar home in the Hollywood Hills, is being targeted by media in Australia who say the swimmer is neglecting his career and settling into a life of socializing and Slurpees. They're worried his competitors might get an edge.

Said The Age: "Out of the pool he has immersed himself in businesses including jewellery, fragrances, underwear and bottled water. But he has not competed for two years, having battled glandular fever, and in that time his weight has fluctuated dramatically."

Eh, seems like a lot of speculation to me. Who wouldn't look a bit out of shape next to maybe the hottest photo you've ever taken? But to Thorpe's credit at least they're still interested in talking about him. Let the boy take a moment to paint his nails and have an iced coffee. When he starts to show up in photos like this, then worry.

Is L.A. Life Thorpedoing Thorpe's Golden Career? [the age]
Thorpe Fat Claim Puzzles Officials [the age]
Coach to Chew Fat with Thrope in L.A. [smh]

Ian Thorpe's Hollywood Hills Home [tr]

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  1. Oh, Andy, you do live dangerously. The "I can't believe you are dissing fat people!" and the "Oh my God, how shallow and stereotypically queer!" crowds are going to be flooding you with hate mail.

    Posted by: JT | Aug 8, 2006 9:57:55 AM

  2. Eh. I still think he's cute. Besides, the man competed for how long? Let him enjoy himself for a change. It's not like he's slacking. Sounds like he keeps very busy to me.

    Posted by: MT | Aug 8, 2006 10:25:04 AM

  3. Let's leave the poor boy alone. The Australians should just let him live his life. I'm sure at this point in his life, he's a bit tired of swimming and being the best and all that pressure. Let him have some fun....and paint his nails, and then maybe he'll come out!

    Posted by: Roy | Aug 8, 2006 10:39:59 AM

  4. Um, Glandular Fever? Is that we're calling it these days?

    Posted by: Wayne | Aug 8, 2006 11:01:03 AM

  5. He's not doing himself any favors by moving to Hollywood.

    Posted by: gabe | Aug 8, 2006 11:31:55 AM

  6. JT, the reason I posted about is because it's caused such a stink in Oz and I think it's ridiculous. Everyone deserves a break.

    Posted by: andy | Aug 8, 2006 12:23:13 PM

  7. Andy: The Travolta link was the issue I was going for. The talk yesterday, coupled with the finger waggings you got after the first time you had it up seemed sort of related. I am always shocked, too, by the fact that a Rupert Murdoch paper in Australia is so fixated on Mr. Thorpe. Incidentally, Mr. Thorpe is muscling-up quite a bit and I like it!

    Posted by: JT | Aug 8, 2006 2:17:07 PM

  8. If these are BEFORE & AFTER... I'll take "after" anyday.

    Posted by: Mark | Aug 8, 2006 5:30:24 PM

  9. Andy,

    THank you. That's hot.

    Posted by: cr | Aug 8, 2006 10:50:06 PM

  10. It looks like Sally at updates her photos quite regularly.

    Posted by: Corey | Aug 9, 2006 1:37:39 AM

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