But it does seem to be what quite a few swimming champions, in particular, go through.
And so it is that I feel sorry for Ian Thorpe. And his point about loss of privacy in his teenage years again seems oddly relevant to the Safe Schools program discussion:
The Olympic champion Ian Thorpe has said he would have come out earlier if he’d had more time to become comfortable with his sexuality.....Again, I should say that I think much of the concern about the program is being overblown by conservatives (the latest politician to attach himself to outrage about it - Tony Abbott! Could this man possibly "do a Rudd" any more thoroughly than he clearly is?)
Thorpe said he was first asked about his sexuality when he was just 15.
“If I had a little bit more time when I was younger I would have come out, because I would have been comfortable with that,” Thorpe said. “And that’s why I think, we’re all making the same point, around why we don’t push people to come out.
But on the other hand - it sure seems to me that the program might have the consequence of making some teenagers feel under pressure amongst their peers in a similar way that Thorpe did not appreciate.