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The Olympic swimming champion came out in a TV interview with Michael Parkinson in July 2014, ending years of speculation. Thorpe, Australia's most decorated swimmer, had denied in his 2012 memoir that he was gay. "Part of me didn't know if Australia wanted its champion to be gay [now] I am telling the world that I am," he said. Thorpe added that he had battled depression and alcoholism, and contemplated suicide. "I couldn't do it to [friends and family]," he said. "It was the only thing that stopped me."