Thorpe reveals battle with depression

PTI Sydney | Updated on March 12, 2018 Published on October 13, 2012

Ian Thorpe displaying the gold medal he won in the men's 400 metres freestyle event during the presentation ceremony at the Sydney Olympics. Vino John   -  THE HINDU

Australia’s five-time Olympic gold medallist Ian Thorpe has spent much of his life battling depression, and even considered suicide, excerpts from a new book by the swimmer revealed.

The swimmer also uses the book to address persistent rumours about his sexuality, saying: “For the record, I am not gay”, adding that he would one day like to have a family.

The soon-to-be-released book This is Me: The Autobiography describes the athlete’s struggle with what he describes as “crippling” depression, which led him at times to drink large quantities of alcohol.

“I even considered specific places or a specific way to kill myself — but then always baulked, realising how ridiculous it was. Could I have killed myself?” the 30-year-old wrote in an excerpt in the Sydney Morning Herald.

“Looking back, I don’t think so but there were days in my life that even now make me shudder.”

Known as the ‘Thorpedo’, the Olympic great retired in 2006 after a glittering career in which he ruled the pool from 1998 to 2004, taking nine Olympic medals and 11 world titles and setting 13 long course world records.

Published on October 13, 2012
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