Flash! Stories of 2006 – November-December

PHOENIX, Arizona, December 29. IN SwimmingWorldMagazine.com Rewind's look back at the top stories of the year, the biggest news came out of Australia as Ian Thorpe called it a career.

Rewind also looks back at the most recent world record, as Laure Manaudou posted a world record time in the short course 400 free.

Thorpe's Future in the Balance — November 19, 2006 by Stephen J. Thomas

Thorpe Hangs Up Suit. — November 20, 2006 by Stephen J. Thomas

In a pair of items that rocked the swimming community, Ian Thorpe decided to call it a career at the age of 24. The nine-time Olympic medalist and 10-time world titlist called it quits after a year-long internal battle over whether he had the drive to remain in the sport when he really had no other obstacles to overcome.

Manaudou Lowers World Record in Short Course 400 Free — December 9, 2006

The last Flash! tagged item of the year belonged to Laure Manaudou. The freestyle phenom, who has made the 400 free events her personal playground, set the short course world record in the event with a time of 3:56.09 at the European Short Course Championships.