Mark Spitz

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

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

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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Ian Thorpe overcame adversity: Michael Klim

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Michael Phelps comeback for Rio Olympics gathers momentum

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Thorpe's comeback looks in deep water

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Thorpe's comeback looks in deep water

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Phelps lucky to win eight gold: Sullivan

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Phelps considering challenging Bernard

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Phelps has motor running for Beijing

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