Australia Has Another Reason To Be Proud Of Olympian Ian Thorpe

The gold medal-winning swimmer declares he is finally comfortable with his sexuality.

One of Australia’s most decorated athletes – five-time Olympic gold medalist Ian Thorpe – has bravely come out as being gay.

The swimmer has been plagued with the question since he was very young – at 14, he was catapulted into the public eye as the youngest male ever to represent Australia at the 1998 Perth World Championships – he left a victor, making him the country’s youngest individual male World Champion.

From there, Thorpe – lovingly nicknamed the “Thorpedo” – blazed a trail of victory through his country and the world, resulting in a career that boasts 11 World Championship gold medals, five Olympic gold medals, and 13 individual world records.

Through it all, the question of his sexuality has lingered – and he refused to address it, going as far as to proclaim, “I am not gay and all my sexual experiences have been straight” in his 2013 autobiography This Is Me, which details his struggles with alcohol and depression.

Perhaps those very struggles were a result of feeling he had to hide who he was from the media all those years – at any rate, Thorpe broke his silence Sunday night during an on-camera interview with British broadcaster Sir Michael Parkinson on Australia’s Channel Ten.

Embedded from