After a four year layoff, Olympic swimming
legend and world record holder, Ian (Thorpedo) Thorpe, announced his plans for a
comeback for the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
At the National Sports Institute in Tenero, in
front of about 100 people including roughly 30 journalists from all over
Switzerland and Italy, Ian said he will be under the tutelage of world famous
swimming coach, Guennadi Touretski. Mr. Touretski, who has been here at Tenero
training our swimmers who attend SPSE, has accepted this challenge with gusto.
Ian, with a smile on his face, said that although he was enjoying his life as a
non-competitive swimmer, has also accepted this challenge and collaboration
with open arms.
Also in attendance at the press conference was
the 1EA class to see if they could understand the difference between Ian's
Australian accent and the accent of their American teacher. Also, having an
athlete of his caliber here at Tenero, can be nothing but a positive example
for our students. Hopefully, Ian will be able to come and visit us during an
Good luck, Ian! The students and staff at SPSE
will be pulling for you in your training leading up to London!!