Bid to reveal real Thorpie
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.