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Ziggy Starduck
Feb 1st, 2011, 11:50 PM
IAN Thorpe has called a press conference for noon AEDT where he is expected to announce his return to professional swimming. Join our live coverage here.

Thorpe, will end months of speculation today and announce he will go for gold at the 2012 London Games.

The Herald Sun revealed in May that the 28-year-old five-time Olympic gold medallist was considering a comeback, having spoken to Australia's current crop of leading male swimmers about a return.

Thorpe retired from competitive swimming four years ago, at only 24, and declared during a teary farewell that his decision was final.

But the Superfish is back, and has told close friends he feels he has unfinished business in the pool.

He needs to declare his return to racing by the end of May as FINA regulations stipulate he must be exposed to anti-doping testing for nine months to be eligible to compete at the Olympic selection trials in March 2012.

This is great news :bounce::bounce::bounce:

Daniel K
Feb 2nd, 2011, 12:02 AM
It's great news :) It'll be interesting to see how he does against Phelps in London. Australian men's swimming really needs him at the moment.

Keadz
Feb 2nd, 2011, 12:17 AM
According to the press conference his coming back for the 100m relay team....

I hope he does the 200m again. :unsure:

Ziggy Starduck
Feb 2nd, 2011, 12:21 AM
IAN Thorpe has confirmed his return to professional swimming, hoping to race at the London Olympics in 2012.

A healthy-looking Thorpe said he had been training at eight different pool to keep the comeback under wraps.

Earlier today, Thorpe's mother, Margaret, told a Melbourne radio station she was unsure what the midday press conference would entail but later admitted her husband Ken was thrilled.

"It's his decision, yes, and I think he would've put a lot of thought into it," Margaret Thorpe told FoxFM of her son's announcement.

"Whatever makes him happy."

Asked whether she believed her son could add to his haul of five gold medals at the 2012 London Olympics, she said: "He's got to get on the Australian team yet."

The Herald Sun revealed in May that the 28-year-old five-time Olympic gold medallist was considering a comeback, having spoken to Australia's current crop of leading male swimmers about a return.

"Let's get the 4x100 in London," he told them.

I'm happy for him too, and I agree Keadz I hope he wants to swim in individual events as well :scared:

eck
Feb 2nd, 2011, 12:25 AM
:speakles:

Well it'll be great news for the men's swimming team...but I wonder how well he'll go.
He's probably spurred on and inspired from what Huegill has done.

Vincey!
Feb 2nd, 2011, 12:34 AM
ooh that's good, but last time I saw him he was kinda chubby, no?

Daniel K
Feb 2nd, 2011, 12:38 AM
ooh that's good, but last time I saw him he was kinda chubby, no?

Yeah. He said he's lost 5kg and has another 5 to go.

eck
Feb 2nd, 2011, 12:39 AM
10 only? :speakles:

Daniel K
Feb 2nd, 2011, 12:41 AM
I guess he's putting muscle mass on too.

samsam4087
Feb 2nd, 2011, 05:38 AM
Great news.

PlayByPlay
Feb 2nd, 2011, 09:07 PM
Thats really nice.

WowWow
Feb 3rd, 2011, 01:19 PM
I used to be a huge fan :D

Valanga
Feb 3rd, 2011, 02:10 PM
he spent all his prize money, huh :lol: