MALCOLM KNOX So Mark Spitz thinks Ian Thorpe may have been an even greater swimmer if he had come out earlier. It’s an interesting theory, and begs a question: Why only seven gold medals, Mr Spitz? What were you holding back?
FLETA PAGE On the eve of the last Commonwealth Games, few people had heard the name Alicia Coutts.
FLETA PAGE Discussions of Ian Thorpe’s coming out aside, it’s time the corporate world got behind gay athletes.
Grant Hackett reckons former swimming teammate Ian Thorpe retired early because of the emotional burden of keeping secret the fact he was gay.
STATHI PAXINOS Brenden Hall knows his parents were faced with a decision no one should face. But he is thankful they made the one they did; he believes it saved his life.
Michael Klim has rejected claims Australia's greatest Olympian Ian Thorpe could have been greater if he had come out while competing.
Former freestyle world record holder Eamon Sullivan has announced his immediate retirement from competitive swimming due to ongoing shoulder injury concerns.
STATHI PAXINOS No one would have blamed Matt Abood if, during the course of his unlucky journey, he decided that was all too hard and he gave swimming away.
STATHI PAXINOS When Emily Seebohm looks at her Australian teammates preparing for the Commonwealth Games, she cannot help but feel one of those twinges that come with the passing of time.
STATHI PAXINOS Australian head coach questions how to keeps talented swimmers in the pool for as long as possible and in a good position to for their post-career lives.
STATHI PAXINOS Squad members hope coming out provides former Olympic champion with some comfort in his personal life.
PETER MUNRO Ian Thorpe is Australia’s greatest Olympian, winning nine medals, including five gold, during his career. But his sporting success might have been greater still if he had come out as gay while competing, says one of the great Olympic swimmers of all time.
FLETA PAGE The fact Ian Thorpe became Australia’s most successful swimmer while going through the inner turmoil of concealing his homosexuality shows “impressive” resilience as an athlete, but his coming out this week was an important reassurance for other gay athletes.
ANDREW WEBSTER As a gay man, I couldn’t be happier for Ian Thorpe. As a journalist, I have some misgivings of his outing as a homosexual with legendary interviewer Michael Parkinson.
He’s one of Australia’s most acclaimed athletes, winning five Olympic gold medals and setting 22 world records before retiring at 24. But it hasn’t always been a charmed life for swimmer Ian Thorpe. The former Olympian has battled depression and for years denied speculation he was gay. Now, in a tell-all interview with Sir Michael Parkinson, Thorpe sets the record straight.
Kate McClymont and Eryk Bagshaw Ian Thorpe contemplated coming out as gay prior to the 2000 Sydney Olympics, but the swimming superstar decided against it because of the detrimental financial consequences suffered by a Canadian swimming star.
James Robertson and Eryk Bagshaw Swimming legend Ian Thorpe revealed that he is gay and battled depression and alcohol abuse for the greater part of his world-beating swimming career.
Homophobia in sport
Ian Thorpe's tough decision highlighted by commentator Brian Taylor's homophobic slur, says ACT Deputy Chief Minister Andrew Barr
DAVID POLKINGHORNE Brian Taylor's homophobic slur highlights why it is so tough for athletes like Ian Thorpe, says Andrew Barr.
PETER FITZSIMONS Ian Thorpe is gay, you say? He’s apparently “come out” in his interview with Michael Parkinson on Channel Ten on Sunday night? Gay, you say?
STATHI PAXINOS Ben Hiddlestone reckons he has a good old-fashioned Australian sports story on his hands. There are no bells or whistles to it, and little fanfare, just solid hard work.
The comeback of Michael Phelps continued in impressive fashion on Friday as the most decorated Olympian of all time beat rival Ryan Lochte in the 100 metres butterfly and notched up the second fastest time of the year in Athens, Georgia.
Rick Feneley and Paul Bibby Swimming officials were determined to keep a masterful coach on the payroll, even after the risk of child abuse was deemed too great. Rick Feneley and Paul Bibby report.
Laine Clark Bridesmaid honours have again gone to James Magnussen but the world swimming champion will still head to the Glasgow Commonwealth Games full of confidence.