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]