Olympic swimming legend Ian Thorpe was admitted to hospital last week following complications resulting from shoulder surgery.
According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Ian, 38, spent five days in intensive care at Macquarie University Hospital after contracting a serious infection in hospital.
The swimmer is believed to have been admitted to have an abscess removed, related to a previous shoulder surgery.
Complications: Olympic swimming legend Ian Thorpe, 38, (pictured) was rushed to ICU after battling serious infection following shoulder surgery, according to reports on Sunday
A spokesperson for the five-time Olympic champion said he’s ‘all good now’ and was released from hospital on Thursday night.
It comes ahead of Ian’s debut on Celebrity Masterchef, which airs on Sunday night at 7.30pm on Channel Ten.
Ian retired from swimming at the age of 24 after breaking 22 world records and winning an abundance of medals.
Infection: According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Ian spent five days in intensive care at Macquarie University Hospital after contracting a serious infection in hospital
The Olympic star battled crippling depression in his teens and he previously said it had led him to drink during the night in the lead-up to the 2004 Athens Olympics.
Last year, Ian admitted he retired from his career at such a young age because he wasn’t able to deal with the enormous amount of pressure.
‘We had a team psychologist but people felt that if we saw him, then we had an issue,’ he told The Daily Telegraph.
Career: Ian retired from his swimming career at the age of 24 after breaking 22 world records and winning an abundance of medals. Pictured at the Sydney Olympic Games in 2000
‘When I saw him, he asked why I was doubting my ability and then gave me a pep talk. From there it was up to me.’
Ian went on to say he believes he could have competed in ‘another two Olympics’ at the time, if he didn’t have ‘pressures.’
Ian is now the chair of the Australian Institute of Sport’s Athlete Wellbeing Advisory Committee and supports other athletes who are facing similar problems.
The swimmer is also patron of ReachOut, a health organisation that provides support for under 25s with everyday issues and difficult times.
Candid: The Olympic star battled crippling depression in his teens and he previously said it had led him to drink during the night in the lead-up to the 2004 Athens Olympics
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