It's getting out of the water knowing you could have done better. For myself, I have won every race I've been in. He is the most decorated male Australian Olympian, and was the most successful athlete at the Summer Olympics in Sydney. In his youth, Thorpe followed his older sister to the pool, where he promptly discovered a chlorine allergy.
Ian Thorpe: being asked about sexuality too early delayed my coming out
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A ustralian swimmer and five-time Olympic gold medalist Ian Thorpe announced he was gay this weekend after years of denials, in a tell-interview that aired in Australia Sunday night. You can grow up, you can be comfortable and you can be gay. Thorpe said keeping his sexuality a secret contributed to the depression he battled, sometimes by abusing alcohol, since he was a teenager. Write to Nolan Feeney at nolan. Olympic Swimmer Ian Thorpe. By Nolan Feeney.
Ian Thorpe is gay, according to reports
Sydney-born Ian Thorpe - nicknamed "Thorpedo" - is a champion Olympic swimmer and often referred to as "Australia's greatest Olympian". He won five gold medals at the Sydney Olympics and Athens Olympic Games: the most of any Australian athlete. He also won 11 world championship gold medals, 22 world records and 10 Commonwealth Games gold medals. As an extremely popular and inspiring athlete, he was named Young Australian of the Year in Now 31, he retired from the sport in at the age of 24, although he returned to the pool briefly in an unsuccessful attempt to compete at the London Olympics.
Thorpe is not homosexual, I am assured, but this will not stop people on the internet speculating about his svelte looks, cultured interests and friendships. It really has just got to the stage when I say, 'whatever'. It's not a big deal for me.