Olympic great Ian Thorpe has revealed he can no longer swim, having lost his famous freestyle stroke after shoulder replacement surgery.
The five-time Olympic gold medallist, 34, said he had come to terms with what his body was now able to do following the surgery two years ago.
â€œWhen I first retired all those years ago I did not want anything to do with it (swimming), I did not want to go near a pool,â€ Thorpe, the Specsavers eye health ambassador said.
â€œWhen I retired for the second time I wanted to keep swimming, but I had a shoulder replacement. I had lots of complications with my shoulder and it is a pretty serious operation, not a reconstruction, a replacement, so I canâ€™t swim.
â€œI had more than two years of shoulder problems and then I got an infection in hospital, so they had to remove the reconstruction they did.
â€œThen I was on antibiotics for 12 months with a completely fractured shoulder before they could operate on it, so I was happy that I got the shoulder that I have and that I can do as much as I can with it.
â€œI was told by the doctor before the surgery I would never be able to swim again. I can swim enough to be able to catch a wave, but the stroke it allows me to do is quite horrible and it kind of crunches over, so it is not like I can get into a pool and do some laps.â€
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