Ian Thorpe swimming in the cool waters of the Bosphorus

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Photo of Ian Thorpe swimming in the ‘cool waters of the Bosphorus’, when backing the 2013 Bosphorus Cross-Continental open water swim in Istanbul and the Istanbul 2020 Olympic bid.

Hürriyet Daily News writes that even if he just swam a short ‘show swim’, he said it was really hard to swim against the current and in the sea that was so cold, the 10-time Olympic medalist shivering after 15 minutes.

National Olympic Committee has some interesting but for us non-Turkish speaking cryptic details (in Turkish) here about him not participating because of a shoulder injury?

Google translation:

‘A very difficult race. This is a unique organization, I am very happy to be. Reveals the importance of the Bosphorus in Istanbul Racing. Shoulder my injury, but I would love to compete there. Hopefully I’ll find the opportunity to contest the Bosphorus in the coming years’

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