People

Thomas dives in for Mega Swim to make a splash for people with MS

swimming By Fleta Page IT HAS been a few years since Petria Thomas has done post-swim media interviews.

Jones and Trickett prove morning people

Terry O'Connor Superstars Libby Trickett and Leisel Jones have stepped up their Olympic preparations by breaking shortcourse world records.

Ian Thorpe considered coming out before 2000 Olympics

Kate McClymont, Eryk Bagshaw Ian Thorpe contemplated coming out prior to the 2000 Sydney Olympics but the swimming wunderkind decided against it because of the detrimental financial consequences suffered by a Canadian swimming...

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

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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.

Deal or no deal: why Thorpe kept quiet

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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

Resilient Ian Thorpe's outing a reassurance

Australian swimming  star Ian Thorpe during his heyday in 2002.

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...

Swimming

Australian swim team comes out in support of Ian Thorpe

Swimmer Belinda Hocking.

Stathi Paxinos Squad members hope coming out provides former Olympic champion with some comfort in his personal life.

Swimming

Veteran Emily Seebohm still wants an Olympic gold medal

Emily Seebohm.

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.

Unlucky Matt Abood finally gets his Commonwealth Games chance in Glasgow

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.

Swimming

Sprint king Eamon Sullivan retires from swimming

Eamon Sullivan has announced his retirement.

Former freestyle world record holder Eamon Sullivan has announced his immediate retirement from competitive swimming due to ongoing shoulder injury concerns.

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Swimming

Ian Thorpe overcame adversity: Michael Klim

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Michael Klim has rejected claims Australia's greatest Olympian Ian Thorpe could have been greater if he had come out while competing.

Swimming

Glasgow Games the pay-off for Casey trio of quiet achievers

Long hard hours in the pool have brought a rapid rise for Matson Lawson.

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.

Swimming

Money aside, Thorpe's revelation will pay dividends

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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.

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Ian Thorpe might have been greater still if he had come out as gay, says Mark Spitz

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2001 Goodwill Games in Brisbane , Swimming training at Chandler Aquatic ctr , Ian Thorpe during this afternoons session. ***FDCTRANSFER***

Peter Munro Ian Thorpe is Australia’s greatest Olympian, winning nine medals, including five gold, during his career.

Swimming

Gay secret behind Ian Thorpe retiring: Grant Hackett

Grant Hackett and Ian Thorpe celebrate medals at the Athens Olympics in 2004.

Grant Hackett reckons former swimming teammate Ian Thorpe retired early because of the emotional burden of keeping secret the fact he was gay.

Ian Thorpe's success is no secret, so what's everyone else hiding?

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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...

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