Oz Olympic swimming champ Thorpe keen on enhancing TV career

July 23rd, 2008 - 6:27 pm ICT by ANI  

Melbourne, July 23 (ANI): Five-time Olympic swimming champion Ian Thorpe apparently wants to enhance his television career in the coming years.
Having finished a documentary for The History Channel about Australian swimming, he is now negotiating a deal with Foxtel about fronting a number of lifestyle programs.
He is also set to appear in next year’’s Australia’’s Next Top Model final after making an impression in the most recent series.
“I love making television. There’’s a little bit of magic in it and I like that. And I like the different roles that everyone plays to make something so special,” News.com.au quoted Thorpe as saying.
“It’’s incredible to see the finished product a few months later and see how polished it ends up becoming. It’’s great to be part of that,” he added.
Thorpe even said that he did not regret retiring from swimming more than a year and a half ago.
“When I stopped swimming I knew that would be the last time I swum competitively,” he said.
“I still swim, it’’s just no one gets to see me do it. And I”m happy with that.
“I have been since the day I made that decision not to continue competing and I still feel exactly the same as I did on that day,” he added.
Thorpe will spend two weeks in Beijing during the Olympic Games next month, where he will perform his sponsorship duties and meet the Australian swim team.
“I”ll spend some time with the team, but I”m going mostly as a supporter,” he said.
He hopes that Australian swimmers performance will be “among the best results” in history, and that Grant Hackett will clinch a third 1500m title.
According to him, it is an appropriate time to make a documentary film on swimming in Australia because it is in its “most successful period” in history.
“What happens from here on in is going to be the closure of what has been an incredible run for swimming in this country,” he said.
The two-hour documentary featuring rare archival footage and commentary from greats likes Dawn Fraser and Shane Gould, and former Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser looks at the history of pools and swimsuits and the rise of sponsorship and science in the sport.
Thorpe said that he had learnt a great deal about swimming from the documentary, and was impressed with many of the stories such as that of swimmer Cecil Healy.
“It’’s important that these stories are documented,” he said.
The History Channel will premiere The Spirit of Australian Sport Swimming on July 30. (ANI)

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