Ian Thorpe

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Rise and Swim (Welcome to the Grind)

Inspirational Swimming Video Featuring Michael Phelps, Ryan Lochte, Ian Thorpe, Cesar Cielo, Alain Bernard, James Magnusson, Nathan Adrian.

Brave Australian Olympic Games champion Ian Thorpe tells: I’m gay


The 31-year-old confirms his sexuality for the first time Sunday … Thorpe also details the years of depression he has battled while denying his sexuality from the world. It followed more than a decade of denials — the first of which came just as his career skyrocketed at the Sydney 2000 Olympics, when he was just 15.

Gold medal-winning diver Matthew Mitcham, who also has revealed he is gay, said last night he hoped Australians supported Thorpe. “I can totally understand how difficult this whole process has been for him,” Mitcham said.

“I really hope this process gives him some peace and that the media and the public give him the same respect and the same overwhelming support I received in 2008. The Australian public and media have a really wonderful opportunity to set an example for kids who are in Ian’s position.”

Thorpe is among a growing list of international athletes who have come out publicly, including UK Olympic diver Tom Daley, NBA player Jason Collins and NFL star Michael Sam.

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One of the greatest races of all time in the history of swimming, three legends batteling it out in Athens on the 200m free

Ian Thorpe, Pieter Van Den Hoogenband and Michael Phelps 

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Godspeed And Don’t Second Guess Yourself!

According To Newspaper Accounts This Morning, Ian Thorpe Reveals That He Is Gay In An Interview To Be Broadcast On Sunday. He Has Lived Under The Glare Of The Media For The Greater Part Of His Life. I, For One, Do Not Begrudge Him For Wanting To Maintain His Privacy. There Was A Time In Our Lives, When Most Of Us Who Are Gay Denied It At One Point In Our Lives. 

I Am Happy That Ian Thorpe Can Now Admit To The World That He Is Gay. I Wish Him Nothing But The Best For His Future!

Godspeed, Kiddo!

And Smuggle On, Dude!

Ian Thorpe, an Olympic champion swimmer who has long denied rumors that he’s gay, officially came out in an interview that’ll be aired tonight in Australia. 

Over the course of the 2000 and 2004 Olympics, Thorpe won five gold medals, three silver, and one bronze, and he’s broken 22 world records over his lifetime. He’s also struggled with depression and substance abuse, but in spite of his challenges is considered one of the best swimmers of his time. 

Out Olympic diver Matthew Mitcham, a fellow Austalian, expressed support for Thorpe and said he hope the public would do so as well, the Telegraph reports. “I can totally understand how difficult this whole process has been for him,” Mitcham said. “I really hope this process gives him some peace and that the media and the public give him the same respect and the same overwhelming support I received in 2008. The Australian public and media have a really wonderful opportunity to set an example for kids who are in Ian’s position.”

Check out the video of the interview at the link above. Congratulations and thank you for your bravery and honesty, Ian. Add this moment to your long list of achievements. 

When I go out and race, I’m not trying to beat opponents, I’m trying to beat what I have done … to beat myself, basically. People find that hard to believe because we’ve had such a bias to always strive to win things. If you win something and you haven’t put everything into it, you haven’t actually achieved anything at all. When you’ve had to work hard for something and you’ve got the best you can out of yourself on that given day, that’s where you get satisfaction from.
—  Ian Thorpe

After years of denial, swimming champion Ian Thorpe has revealed he is gay in an exclusive interview with Sir Michael Parkinson. The five-time Olympic gold medallist and Australia’s most successful Olympic athlete to date, has revealed his sexuality in an interview to be aired on Australian television on Sunday night.

According to Australian newspaper the Sunday Telegraph, Thorpe, 31, who retired from swimming in 2012, “confirms his sexuality” and “has bravely revealed he is gay” during a tell-all interview. A teaser clip released by Australia’s Network Ten shows Parkinson asking the swimmer: “You’ve always said that you’re not gay. Is all of that true?” The camera then shifts to an uncomfortable looking Thorpe, who contemplates his response.

Thorpe, known as the “Thorpedo” for his prowess in the swimming pool, broke 22 world records and won five Olympic gold medals. At the 2000 Sydney Olympics, he won three gold and two silver medals, making him the most successful athlete at the Games. He also won 10 gold medals at the Commonwealth Games. (Read more)

Hat off to his gut!

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"I’m a little bit ashamed that I didn’t come out earlier, that I didn’t have the strength to do it, I didn’t have the courage to do it, to break that lie.

"But everyone goes on their own path to do this." Ian Thorpe, July 13, 2014

Everyone Takes Their Own Path. The Only Thing That Matters Is Finding Out Who You Are Along The Way.

'Nuf Said!

Dear Straight People: Sorry, but you don't get to be cynical about Ian Thorpe coming out.

It happens every time a public figure comes out of the closet. 

The general consensus is that celebrities coming out of the closet isn’t important. It’s trivial. Boring. Old news.

Thing is, if you’re a straight person, you don’t get to decide that (and I lied in the title; I’m not sorry at all). Your opinion on the subject doesn’t matter, and even if it did, you’d still be wrong.

You’d be wrong because, no matter what, Ian Thorpe’s coming out is a net good. When a public figure comes out - as gay, bi, pan, asexual, demisexual, intersex, non-binary, or trans - that very action challenges heteronormative assumptions, and forces people to confront the idea that queer people exist in every space of society. Because, y’know, we do.

Even if it’s a poorly-kept secret like in the case of Ian Thorpe, it’s still important that public figures are able to stand up and own it, because every time it happens, the world learns all over again that queer people are everywhere, and that’s a lesson that needs to continue being taught. Over and over again, people need to be reminded that we exist, not because people really forget, but because that’s what coming out actually feels like.

No one tells us when we’re 13 and in the closet that coming out doesn’t just happen once. No one tells us that we don’t get to just sit our folks down, tell them where we sit on the gender/orientation spectrum, and that’s that.

We figure it out when we’re out at school but not at home, or when we start our first jobs and are trying to figure out how our coworkers will react, or when we start uni and maybe want to find some cool queer kids to hang out with. We figure it out when our coming out doesn’t happen all at once, but piece-by-piece.

We start to spend our days testing the waters, getting a feel for the people around us, correcting people who assume incorrectly that we’re straight or cisgender. Even when you settle into a comfortable support network, it doesn’t really stop, and that’s when it begins to dawn on us that we never get to stop coming out. We realise that we get to spend the rest of our lives being mistaken for straight or cis, trying to correct people, trying to challenge assumptions and hoping each time that we haven’t just come out to the wrong person. It’s like opening Schrödinger’s box, except the cat inside is either playful or rabid. 

The LGBTQA+ people reading this all know this of course. This information is just the background radiation to our everyday lives, and we’ve learned to deal with it. Tweaking our speech and behaviour here and there to safely drop clues for new friends, or to throw other people off the trail. We don’t need a refresher on the revolving closet door that is our lives. 

It might, however, be news to quite a few straight, cisgender people up and down my Facebook and Twitter feeds, who are snidely posting things like, “Does anyone actually care that Ian Thorpe is gay?” or, “YAWN. Can we pay attention to the real news?” 

Whether you like it or not, Ian Thorpe coming out publicly is important (maybe not as important as visibility for trans people, but that’s another discussion). When it comes down to it, the more people who come out as queer, the fewer straight people there are. And that’s good. That’s really good, because it means it’s harder to sweep us under the rug, and there’s fewer of you out there to try.

With each person that comes out as queer, it becomes less and less reasonable for society to assume we’re all straight and cisgender. That means fewer misunderstandings, less trepidation about having to come out again and again, and just less heteronormative thinking in general. Sure, Ian Thorpe is just one dude, just a drop in a river, but when a river has enough drops in it, it breaks its banks and starts a flood. 

A great, big, queer flood

So yes, Ian Thorpe should be celebrated for coming out publicly. Just like he should be celebrated for taking the time to talk about mental health, and the health of Indigenous Australians. More than anyone, public figures like him have to live their entire lives carefully figuring out whom to share their identity with, and whom they should keep it from, and he’s now taken a huge step out into the open, to tell everyone in the country at once, for better or for worse. Given some our great nation’s penchant for homophobia and general intolerance, that takes tremendous courage.

You might be bored of coming out narratives - hell, some queer people out there might be bored of them, too, and that’s their prerogative - but my advice for that would be to calmly tell you to bloody well get over it. It’s not your place to decide that a constant, unrelenting fact of our lives is ‘old news,’ not when, by and large, it’s your assumptions and reactions that keep us in these closets.

We don’t come out for you. We come out for ourselves. We do it almost every day of our lives, sometimes at personal risk, so don’t begrudge us that we try and celebrate it.