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Ian Thorpe to try for London Games

Updated: February 2, 2011, 5:53 PM ET
Associated Press

SYDNEY -- Five-time Olympic gold medalist Ian Thorpe said he has plenty to lose by ending more than four years of retirement in a bid to compete at next year's London Games.

"I have had an almost flawless career, and I put that at risk," Thorpe said Wednesday at a news conference to announce his comeback.

"It would have been a lot easier and sit on that and not do a thing. But there are still things in swimming that I haven't done, that I would like to achieve," he said. "It's a balancing ...

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