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Ian Thorpe 'quite sick,' in hospital

Updated: April 8, 2014, 3:29 PM ET
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Five-time Olympic gold medalist Ian Thorpe never will swim again competitively after contracting two serious infections through a series of shoulder surgeries, his agent said.

Thorpe, who is receiving treatment in an intensive care ward at a Sydney hospital, is "quite sick," agent James Erskine told the Australian Associated Press.

"It's serious but it's not life-threatening," Erskine told AAP. "He's contracted two forms of bugs in [the] hospital. He's undergone two or three operations ...

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