5-time Olympic gold medalist Ian Thorpe hospitalized with infections

Tuesday April 8th, 2014

Ian Thorpe is unlikely to swim again after suffering two infections following a shoulder surgery. (Scott Barbour/Getty Images) Ian Thorpe will not swim competitively again after contracting two infections following multiple shoulder surgeries. (Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

Australian Olympic swimmer Ian Thorpe is in the intensive care unit after contracting two infections stemming from multiple shoulder surgeries, according to ESPN.

Thorpe's agent, James Erskine, said the situation was not life-threatening, but that Thorpe would not be able to swim competitively again.

"It's serious but it's not life-threatening," Erskine told Australian Associated Press. "He's contracted two forms of bugs in [the] hospital. He's undergone two or three operations over the last two months so ... I mean bad luck. He's quite sick but that's the situation."

Thorpe collected five Olympic gold medals and eleven World Championship golds in his career before retiring in 2006. He attempted to make a comeback in 2011, but failed to make Australia's Olympic team.

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