The Sydney Morning Herald posts "Did early start to Ian Thorpe interview cost Channel 10? Network Ten’s decision to screen its Ian Thorpe interview earlier than planned appears to have cut into its ratings."
"I've thought about this for a long time. I'm not straight. Um, and this is only something that only very recently - we're talking in the last two weeks - I've felt comfortable telling the closest people around me. Exactly that." - Ian Thorpe The Daily Telegraph "Ian Thorpe: Full Parkinson interview transcript. Michael Parkinson: Thinking back over your life now, reflecting on all the reasons why you didn’t come out before now, was there one main reason that dissuaded you from being frank?
Ian Thorpe: Not one main reason, but you hear things. I heard a lot of homophobic kind of things, I mean I was subjected to homophobic kind of insults as well.
Michael Parkinson: -where? An example?
Ian Thorpe: Well, people in the street would yell out. They’d call me a faggot or whatever else y’know a poof for doing this or-"
The Sydney Morning Herald posts "Ian Thorpe reveals he is gay. After years of dismissing speculation about his sexuality, Ian Thorpe has revealed he is gay. Thorpe made the admission in a tell-all interview with Sir Michael Parkinson, News Corp reports." US Magazine posts "Ian Thorpe, Olympic Swimmer, to Reportedly Come Out as Gay During Australian Television Interview."
Lane 1 - SI Kids posts "Olympic Legend Dara Torres Declares Swimming the "Funnest" Sport."
Lane 2 - The Courier Mail posts "Ian Thorpe’s emotional interview with Sir Michael Parkinson CBE. With no questions off limits, Parkinson explores the private and sometimes troubled world of Australia’s sporting legend and confronts the persisting rumours surrounding his sexuality."
Lane 3 - MLB posts "Olympic swimmer Janet Evans joins the booth. Former Olympic swimmer Janet Evans visits the Angels' broadcast booth to discus her charity endeavors."
Lane 4 - All Africa posts "Queen of Swim Kirsty Targets for Rio Olympic Glory. SEVEN-TIME Olympic medallist Kirsty Coventry has announced she is returning to her usual United States base to begin preparations for the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil which could well be her last Olympics."
Lane 5 - Thats Racin posts "Olympic gold-medal swimmer Tyler Clary to try his hand in a race car at Charlotte Motor Speedway."
Lane 6 - The Sydney Morning Herald posts (w/video) "Australia's Commonwealth Games swimming uniforms criticised by fashion experts. Australia's Commonwealth Games swim team revealed their new uniforms to concerns the kit draws attention to exactly the wrong area: the athletes' crotches. Designed by Speedo, the women's one-piece cossie and towel feature haphazardly overlapping yellow and green kangaroos, emus and maps of Australia."
Lane 7 - Gulf Times posts "Proud dad Kitajima targets fifth Olympics in Rio. Even with a new job and nappy-changing duties, Japan’s former Olympic swim king Kosuke Kitajima has not ruled out competing at the 2016 Rio Games, having rejected retirement. The 31-year-old, who recently became a proud father, told AFP that his goals had shifted but his desire to race remained undiminished, despite flopping at last month’s Japan Open."
Lane 8 - NBC Bay Area posts (w/video) "Santa Clara Hopes to Lure Swimming Hall of Fame with New Aquatics Center. Santa Clara wants to build a new $60 million complex to replace its aging swim center, boosting the city's chances of becoming home of the International Swimming Hall of Fame."
Lane 1 - News.com posts "AUSTRALIAN swimming legend Ian Thorpe will make his return to public life on Channel 10’s Commonwealth Games coverage in Glasgow. While Thorpe was recently struck down physically and mentally by complications arising from shoulder surgery, he yesterday signed a contract with Ten for a major role at the Games starting July 24."
Lane 2 - Curbed LA posts "New Hollywood Pool and Fancy Poolhouse Will Arrive For Winter. Construction is advancing on a revamped Hollywood Pool complex that will include not just a new pool but a '50s-inspired pool house, designed by Frank Webb Architects, that will house men's and women's changing rooms and bag check areas, reports the Larchmont Buzz."
Lane 3 - OC Register posts "Athletes show support for one of their own. Corey Okubo and many of his fellow competitors at the TYR Fran Crippen Memorial Swim Meet of Champions made time Saturday to remember a legend in the sport enduring a challenging time. The recent University graduate was among the dozens of swimmers who gathered in the diving pool during prelims to snap a tribute photo for six-time Olympic gold medalist Amy Van Dyken-Rouen, who was recently injured in a near-fatal ATV accident that severed her spine."
Lane 4 - The Republic posts "A 95-year-old Arkansas man has set a new national record for his age group in the 100-meter breaststroke. The Southwest Times Record reports that Bud Jackson, of Fort Smith, broke a 16-year-old U.S. Masters Swimming record in the 100-meter breaststroke recently in Bentonville."