In a week that saw Australia`s highest-profile sporting icon, Ian Thorpe, `come out of the closet` on television, gay marriage is back on the national agenda with Liberal Democratic senator David Leyonhjelm hoping to push the divided government to allow a `conscience vote` on the issue.
Ian Thorpe`s much-publicised battle have prompted many to believe that success and depression often go hand in glove in swimming, but nine-time Olympic champion swimmer Mark Spitz feels the psychological disorder today is not just limited to his sport but rampant in other disciplines as well.
Former Olympic swimming champion Ian Thorpe has said he was ‘happy’ at disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong`s downfall and congratulated the doping authorities over exposing the seven-time Tour de France winner as a drug cheat.
Five-time Olympic gold medallist Ian Thorpe is set to compete in the 2013 World Championships in Barcelona, where he would be a likely ‘X-factor’ for getting slotted in Australia``s post-Olympic relay teams.
Five-times Olympic champion Ian Thorpe kept his London ambitions firing when he reached the semi-finals of the 200 metres freestyle at the Australian trials on Friday with a solid swim that thrilled head coach Leigh Nugent.
Already under enormous pressure to break into Australia`s Olympic swimming team as the headline act of this week`s national trials, Ian Thorpe was forced to wade into controversy on Wednesday over preferential payments made to marquee swimmers.