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Ian Thorpe's achievements in the water are nothing short of phenomenal. He has won a record-holding eleven World Championship titles and ten Commonwealth Games gold medals. He has broken twenty-two world records and won five gold, three silver and one bronze Olympic medals. Having been under the spotlight since a young teenager, Ian retired from competitive swimming in 2006 due waning interest, but six years later he is mounting a comeback for London 2012 and intense media attention has followed. Ian is one of the world's most prolific sportsmen, but it is the way he has managed his success and his commitment to helping others that has earned him respect and admiration internationally. Thorpe's autobiography follows him all the way from his childhood in Sydney right back up to the pinnacle of London 2012. This is a man who has had highs and lows away from the pool, who has led an extraordinary life of an elite athlete that most of us will never know, and who has the courage to come back and stake his claim for the ultimate goal once more.
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