One of Australia’s most decorated Olympians, Ian Thorpe OAM, is joining the Network Ten commentary team for its exclusive coverage of the XX Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland.
Thorpe will join co-host Mel McLaughlin in Glasgow to bring viewers extensive coverage of the Games, backed by a team of expert commentators including Night of Nights host Nicole Livingstone.
The Games will commence with the Opening Ceremony on July 24 (Australian time). Coverage will be available live and free 24 hours a day on Ten, One and www.tenplay.com.au.
This is a welcome turn for the champion who had recently been hospitalised with an infection from a shoulder injury, and later entered rehab following bouts of depression.
Thorpe says he is pumped for the Games.
“I am very excited to be joining Network Ten as a part of their commentary team for this year’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, alongside Mel and a number of the country’s most successful athletes. The team at Ten have been great so far and I am looking forward to getting back into work following my shoulder surgery,” he says.
“I have some very fond memories of the Commonwealth Games. They were a big part of my career and are a fantastic opportunity for athletes to represent their country on an international scale.”
Thorpe first captured the world’s attention in 1998, when he became the youngest ever swimming World Champion at the age of 15, winning the 400m freestyle title on home soil in Perth.
He then went on to break 22 world records and win five Gold, three Silver and one Bronze Olympic medals, 11 World Championship titles, 10 Commonwealth Games Gold medals and nine Pan Pacific titles.
Thorpe won four Gold medals at his first Commonwealth Games outing in Kuala Lumpur in 1998. He then won six Gold and one Silver at the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester.
In addition to Ian Thorpe, the expert commentary team features an all-star line-up of former Olympians including Steve Hooker, Leisel Jones, Emma Snowsill, Nicole Livingstone, Rob de Castella, Nikki Hudson, David Culbert, Melinda Gainsford-Taylor and Scott McGrory.
Meanwhile, Thorpe was interviewed by Michael Parkinson; they covered his depression, the pressure of being in the media spoltlight, and Thorpe announced he is gay.