Quotes by Ian Thorpe

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For myself, losing is not coming second. It's getting out of the water knowing you could have done better. For myself, I have won every race I've been in. more...

I've enjoyed training again, I've enjoyed pushing myself in the pool and I'll keep on swimming until I feel I cannot get any more out of myself. more...

I'm still swimming. more...

I think it's better to attempt something and fail than it is to not even attempt it, so I'm glad that I've been prepared to put myself on the line there. more...

I'll go for broke. Swim faster. It's not going to be easy - this whole thing was never going to be easy. more...

Sometimes we question things that we have done in our lives but how many times do we question what we haven't done in someone else's. more...

I thought I could, and thought I would, swim a lot quicker - much quicker. more...

The fairytale has turned into a nightmare. more...

I think now I'll probably take a few days off and enjoy the competition and then sit down with a few people and work out what is next, work out what the next preparation will be and what competition will be next. more...

Compared to how I have raced before and how I have competed, the success that I have had, this does look like doom compared to it. more...

I've missed out on a huge goal but the desire is still there. more...

Remember to do the things you enjoy away from swimming, regularly. more...

When I started this I wanted to get back in the pool, I wanted to race and I wanted to go to the Olympics. I still want to do all of those things. more...

I'm disappointed that I really haven't been able to race in a way that is reflective of the amount of work that I have done and how I have trained. But I don't regret giving this a go. more...

I'm more comfortable knowing that, chances are, I'm going to fail at this. I've become comfortable with that. more...

When I go out and race, I'm not trying to beat opponents, I'm trying to beat what I have done ... to beat myself, basically. People find that hard to believe because we've had such a bias to always strive to win things. If you win something and you haven't put everything into it, you haven't actually achieved anything at all. When you've had to work hard for something and you've got the best you can out of yourself on that given day, that's where you get satisfaction from. more...

There is water in every lane, so it is OK. more...

I swam the race like I trained to swim it. It is not mathematical. I just let my body do it. It is a lot easier if you let your body do what it is trained for. more...

People ask me 'what was going through your mind in the race?' and I don't know. I try and ...let my body do what it knows more...

I am not going to allow myself not to perform well just because I don't feel well. I am bulletproof to the extent that a lot of things can be thrown at me, but it's about how much I am prepared to let them affect me more...

For myself, losing is not coming second. It's getting out of the water knowing you could have done better. For myself, I have won every race I've been in more...

Part of me didn't know if Australia wanted its champion to be gay. more...

The only thing is I am a little bit ashamed of is I didn't come out earlier, that I didn't have the strength to do it, the courage to break that lie. But everyone goes on their own path to do this, and I don't want the struggle to be so hard for other people. more...

This is why relays are so important, because you can find more in yourself for someone else, than what you can ever find for yourself. more...

Im pleased to say that in telling them, and especially my parents, they told me that they love me and they support me. And for young people out there, know that thats usually what the answer is. more...

This Is Me": "For the record, I am not gay and all my sexual experiences have been straight. I'm attracted to women, I love children and aspire to have a family one day ... I know what it's like to grow up and be told what your sexuality is, then realising that it's not the full reality. I was accused of being gay before I knew who I was. more...


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