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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.

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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Wrapping up the Energy Australia Swimming Championships i.e the Australian Olympic Trials in 2 short minutes with a 44 Stronghold Team. 

The Australian Team:

Men

  • 50m freestyle: James Magnussen, Eamon Sullivan
  • 100m freestyle: James Magnussen, James Roberts
  • 200m freestyle: Thomas Fraser-Holmes, Kenrick Monk
  • 400m freestyle: David McKeon, Ryan Napoleon
  • 100m backstroke: Hayden Stoeckel, Daniel Arnamnart
  • 200m backstroke: Mitch Larkin, Matson Lawson
  • 100m breaststroke: Christian Sprenger, Brenton Rickard
  • 200m breaststroke: Brenton Rickard, Jeremy Meyer
  • 100m butterfly: Chris Wright, Jayden Hadler
  • 200m butterfly: Nick D'Arcy, Chris Wright
  • 200m individual medley: Daniel Tranter, Jayden Hadler
  • 400m individual medley: Thomas Fraser-Holmes, Daniel Tranter
  • 4x100m freestyle: James Magnussen, James Roberts, Matt Targett, Eamon Sullivan, Cameron McEvoy, Tommaso D'Orsogna
  • 4x200m freestyle: Thomas Fraser-Holmes, Kenrick Monk, David McKeon, Ned McKendry, Ryan Napoleon, Cameron McEvoy
  • 4x100m medley relay: selected in London
  • Open Water marathon: Ky Hurst

Women

  • 50m freestyle: Cate Campbell, Bronte Campbell
  • 100m freestyle: Melanie Schlanger, Cate Campbell
  • 200m freestyle: Bronte Barratt, Kylie Palmer
  • 400m freestyle: Kylie Palmer, Bronte Barratt
  • 800m freestyle: Kylie Palmer, Jessica Ashwood
  • 100m backstroke: Emily Seebohm, Belinda Hocking
  • 200m backstroke: Belinda Hocking, Meagen Nay
  • 100m breaststroke: Leiston Pickett, Leisel Jones
  • 200m breaststroke: Tessa Wallace, Sally Foster
  • 100m butterfly: Alicia Coutts, Jessicah Schipper
  • 200m butterfly: Jessicah Schipper, Samantha Hamill
  • 200m individual medley: Stephanie Rice, Alicia Coutts
  • 400m individual medley: Stephanie Rice, Blair Evans
  • 4x100m freestyle: Melanie Schlanger, Cate Campbell, Brittany Elmslie, Yolane Kukla, Libby Trickett, Alicia Coutts
  • 4x200m freestyle: Bronte Barratt, Kylie Palmer, Melanie Schlanger, Brittany Elmslie, Jade Neilsen, Angie Bainbridge
  • 4x100m medley relay: selected in London
  • Open water marathon: Melissa Gorman