Now that Thorpedo has come out of the closet, it seems a good time to ask whether our treatment and adulation over his success would have been muted if we knew he was gay at the time. Ian himself obvious thought that would be the case.
I think there is a preference for "real men" and "real women" as our sporting heroes, people who we can hold up as representing the majority of the population and the lifestyle most of us enjoy.
Sad as it is, I think Ian was right to supress his sexuality while he was competing. He has already rewritten the record books with his performances and now he is out of the limelight it was time to set up the record on his personal life.