Of course, asking who the best sportsman or woman from a particular country is, is about as subjective as it comes. There are any number of potential answers to that question. It does pay to consider though that the best sportsman doesn’t necessarily come from the most popular sport in any given country. Personally I’d say that this is the case with Australia and that swimmer Ian Thorpe is one of the countries greatest ever sportsmen.
The Sydney born swimmer more than earned his stripes – and nickname of ‘Thorpedo’ – during the course of his career. All in all he won 5 Olympic medals (an Australian record), set 22 world records, and excelled at the highest level in a country where sporting excellence is viewed as the pinnacle of achievement. His discipline was core to his success. While many of us were chilling on bestaucasinosites online casino, he was doing lengths in the pool. 100m, 200m, 400m, no distance was beyond his abilities.
The early 2000s saw him at the height of his abilities, and after taking a break in 2005 his efforts to return never quite saw him reach the dizzying heights of those former years. His final comeback attempt was the 2012 Australian Olympic trials for the London Olympics.
His Olympics successes included finding initial gold success at the 2000 Sydney Olympics with repeats at the 2004 Athens Olympics. He claimed several golds at various World Championships too. His fame and popularity at its height was worldwide, and record and talent unrivalled. No doubt many real money casinos us and sportsbook fans were cheering him on too. In fact there is very little in the sport that he did not achieve. He had nothing more to prove.