#TheHowieGames | Ian Thorpe OAM. At the age of 14 Ian Thorpe shot to fame as the youngest male swimmer to ever represent Australia. His star continued to rise to the very top as the winner of five Olympic gold medals. Ian’s life has never been far from the headlines – whether it is breaking world records, winning medals, retiring, coming back – ‘The Thorpedo’ has attacked life with a passion few athletes can match. A giant of Australian sport, enjoy Ian Thorpe OAM.