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Ian Thorpe: I've abused alcohol

Updated: October 12, 2012, 10:42 PM ET
Associated Press

SYDNEY -- Five-time Olympic swimming champion Ian Thorpe says he spent much of his life battling "crippling depression," occasionally considered suicide and often turned to heavy alcohol consumption to manage his moods.

In an extract of Thorpe's upcoming book, "This is Me: The Autobiography," published in Australian media Saturday, he said he had never spoken openly about his mental condition to friends or family.

"Not even my family is aware that I've spent a lot of my life battling ...

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