Issues

Michael Phelps returns in golden touch after emphatic Pan Pacs victory

Michael Phelps holds up his men's 100m butterfly gold medal.

Phil Lutton There are attempted comebacks in swimming, where the old magic that used to rocket champions through the water has gone for good.

Swimming

Management blamed for Games issues

Australian Olympic Committee chief John Coates addresses the media in Sydney on Friday.

David Sygall Final report into swimming campaign lays much of the blame on Leigh Nugent.

Cate Campbell flies as superstars assemble for Pan Pacs sprint showdown

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Phil Lutton In the midst of the return of Michael Phelps to international competition and the showdown between Nathan Adrian and James Magnussen, it was Australia's Cate Campbell that lit up the pool on a...

Missy Franklin backs herself at Pan Pacs

All smiles: Missy Franklin may have been beaten by Emily Seebohm but after overcoming back spasms there was plenty to be happy about.

To say Missy Franklin is upbeat at the Pan Pacific championships on the Gold Coast is an understatement.

Missy Franklin in doubt for Pan Pacs swimming

Injury blow: Missy Franklin.

Phil Lutton American superstar Missy Franklin remains in doubt for the Pan Pacific Swimming Championships after succumbing to back spasms during training on the Gold Coast.

Michael Phelps goes back to basics at Pan Pacs

Michael Phelps.

Winning doesn't come so easily to Olympic great Michael Phelps these days.

US Olympic champion Nathan Adrian ready for James Magnussen

Olympic champion Nathan Adrian.

Stathi Paxinos Olympic champion Nathan Adrian says he has respect but no fear of dual world champion James Magnussen.

Michael Phelps says retiring was the easy part, returning to the water has been hard

Michael Phelps.

Phil Lutton On the final night of competition in the London Olympic pool, the incomparable Michael Phelps was taking his victory lap, waving his giant hands to the crowd and bathing in the deserved adulation as...

Slow build as Michael Phelps chases killer instinct

Michael Phelps:

Almost two years of retirement has meant Michael Phelps needs to listen to his body and take it slower than in the past but it has not dulled his competitive fire as he sent an ominous warning to his...

Michael Phelps to bring star quality to Gold Coast

Michael Phelps during the 200-metre individual medley at the US National Championships in California.

Ed Jackson Australian sprint queen Cate Campbell says the return of Michael Phelps is only adding to the excitement ahead of this month's Pan Pacific Swimming Championships.

James Magnussen's back injury may force Olympic village rethink

James Magnussen embraces Cameron McEvoy after winning the 100m freestyle.

Michael Carayannis James Magnussen will consider skipping the athletes’ village at the 2016 Olympics as he battles with a degenerative back.

Michael Phelps flops in 100 metre freestyle

Michael Phelps looks on after taking seventh in men's 100 meter freestyle final at the U.S. nationals.

Philip Hersh Losing all momentum when he barely touched the wall at 50 meters, he finished a distant seventh.

Swimming

Swimmer James Magnussen cleared of serious back injury

James Magnussen

Michael Carayannis James Magnussen will battle on with a degenerative back for the rest of his career after scans revealed damage to the injury which plagued his Commonwealth Games.

Swimming

Michael Phelps comeback marches on with butterfly win

Michael Phelps

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...

Homophobia in sport

Ian Thorpe's tough decision highlighted by commentator Brian Taylor's homophobic slur, says ACT Deputy Chief Minister Andrew Barr

Treasurer Andrew Barr.

David Polkinghorne Brian Taylor's homophobic slur highlights why it is so tough for athletes like Ian Thorpe, says Andrew Barr.

Swimming

Alicia Coutts talks to the animals but still swims like a fish as she heads for Glasgow

Alicia Coutts with two of her beloved pets Diva and Violet.

Stathi Paxinos Alicia Coutts is a passionate animal lover - she has 11 pets, six of them former "poundies" - but she's also the mainstay of Australia's swimming team for the Glasgow Commonwealth Games.

Swimming

Ian Thorpe acknowledges he's gay, let's hope he's now happy as well

Peter FitzSimons dinkus

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?

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Ian Thorpe interview: 'This is me'

Ian Thorpe during his interview with Sir 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.

Ian Thorpe tells all in interview with Michael Parkinson

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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.

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Australian swimming coach Jacco Verhaeren's vision beyond the pool

Swimming Australia national head coach Jacco Verhaeren.

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.