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"I wish someone had explained that to me a lot earlier.

I probably would have come out earlier if I realized." he said.

It was another chance to gain national selection, as the event served as the selection trials for the 1997 FINA World Swimming Championships.

Thorpe qualified in second place in the heats of the 400 m individual medley and reached his first national final.

He does not a long-distance relationship and is looking for someone in Australia. I felt like I'd betrayed people by being dishonest about it.

In the extensive interview, Thorpe is very revealing how about his early denials about being gay made it even harder to finally come out. "Because it was always put to me in a kind of accusatory tone that it's a bad thing, I thought ‘I don't know how I'm supposed to respond, as a child and then as an adult, to this.' That was the problem - I was asked when I was far too young and then my response was ‘I'm not'. But it's done now." Thorpe realizes that his coming out has had an impact.

and was the Australian Swimmer of the Year from 1999 to 2003.

His athletic achievements made him one of Australia's most popular athletes, and he was recognised as the Young Australian of the Year in 2000.

’ I’ve never really dated, so I’ve come in being almost completely blindsided by this. But that’s the dating scene — I say it and I laugh and I’ve got a smile on my face, so it’s not that bad."I didn't think it was relevant, I didn't think it mattered.But it does." The whole interview is worth a read and it's great to see Thorpe now gets why it's important for athletes to come out.With three gold and two silver medals, Thorpe was the most successful athlete at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia.At the age of 14, Thorpe became the youngest male ever to represent Australia, After that victory, Thorpe dominated the 400 m freestyle, winning the event at every Olympic, World, Commonwealth and Pan Pacific Swimming Championships until his break after the 2004 Olympics in Athens.

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