Bid to re­veal real Thor­pie

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Television 17 - RICHARD CLUNE IAN THORPE: THE SWIM­MER ABC1, tonight, 7.30

IAN Thorpe, our most awarded Olympian, po­larises opin­ion.

On that front it will be in­ter­est­ing to see the level of en­gage­ment with this doc­u­men­tary from Two Hands di­rec­tor and friend of Thorpe, Gre­gor Jor­dan, which ex­plores his chase to make it to the Lon­don Olympics.

Thorpe’s in­abil­ity to make the Aus­tralian swim team means the doco doesn’t have the de­sired fairy­tale end­ing.

And, as a piece of film, it doesn’t overly pro­vide great in­sight into the man who re­mains very much an enigma even af­ter view­ing.

There is in­sight into his drive to achieve at the ul­ti­mate sport­ing level; his ded­i­ca­tion and re­in­stated pas­sion for the sport he walked away from are cer­tainly on show.

But an un­der­stand­ing of what makes him tick isn’t overly de­liv­ered.

He’s hon­est and can­did, dis­cusses the ‘‘ gay’’ ru­mours and touches on the ar­du­ous mo­ments he has been forced to live in the pub­lic’s bril­liant spot­light, namely his 2010 fi­nan­cial woes, and the doubts as his come­back de­railed.

As a be­hind- the- scenes peek into pro­fes­sional sport, this is a valid ex­cur­sion. But if you want to know more about Thorpe and the many lay­ers that he clearly car­ries then, like Thorpe in re­gards to his Olympic dream, you’ll be left dis­ap­pointed.

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