Team Canada. He finished fifth in m backstroke and reached the semifinals of the m backstroke. Entering Barcelona , Tewksbury was ranked fourth in the world and had a personal best time in the m backstroke of Coming from behind and touching the wall in an Olympic record time of A four-time Commonwealth Games gold medallist, Tewksbury won back-to-back gold medals in and in the m backstroke and 4xm medley relay. He won seven medals at the Pan Pacific Games in one gold, two silver , one silver, one bronze and two silver.
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The site is filled largely with coming-out stories, news analysis and slide shows of good-looking athletes. And every two years, during the Winter and Summer Olympics, its audience traffic rises to new heights, quantifiable evidence of something often generalized and stereotyped. It did not take a shirtless and lubed flag-bearer from Tonga, or photographs of gymnasts on the beach, or divers taking post-plunge showers. Those things only helped draw interest from audiences, both gay and straight. But gay men were already a reliable demographic, as demonstrated across the web, from Outsports to other sites targeted to gays that are now filled largely with photos and posts about the Olympics. The question is why gay men love the Olympics. Theories are as varied as the gay community itself.
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Toby Miller does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment. Ian Thorpe is unpopular with some critics, despite a largely positive reaction when he came out last weekend. The issue is money. So Thorpe stayed where he was. Swimming Australia was in a tight spot, with ratings drooping and prime-time TV coverage imperilled.
The five-time Olympic champion looks back at Sydney , his path to coming out as gay, the secret to swimming faster, why he respects Caeleb Dressel, and plenty more. Australia's Ian Thorpe is quite simply a swimming legend. After becoming a world champion at the age of 15, he won the first three of his five Olympic gold medals as a year-old at the Sydney Olympics. It's 20 years to the day since 'Thorpey' was his nation's Closing Ceremony flag bearer at those Games. To celebrate, Olympic Channel hosted a fascinating Instagram live interview with the pool star.