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Australian Media Focused on Ian Thorpe's Close 'Mate'


Australian media is dancing around the topic of Olympic swimmer Ian Thorpe's friendship with fellow swimmer Daniel Mendez. Maybe it's just a bromance.

MendezThe Herald Sun:

"Super swimmer Ian Thorpe spent Christmas and the New Year on a Brazilian beach with a group of friends including his housemate and close friend Daniel Mendez. Thorpe and Mendez (right) were photographed sunning themselves and playing in the surf at Fernando de Noronha last week. Mendez is well-known among Thorpe's circle of friends in Sydney, where he has been sharing a house with the Olympian for the past three years...According to Thorpe's manager, David Flaskas, the two were introduced through Thorpe's former coach, Tracey Menzies, while Thorpe was in training for the 2008 Olympics. He and Mendez, also a top-level swimmer, trained together. The pair had of a month-long vacation in Brazil. They had flown over in December to celebrate Christmas with the Mendez family...On Monday, Thorpe flew home to Sydney to prepare for the start of the university year. He is studying psychology and linguistics at Macquarie University. It is the second time Thorpe has accompanied the more slightly built Mendes home to Brazil in the past year. A Foxtel spokesman yesterday confirmed that Mendes had accompanied Thorpe to two events in the past 18 months - the 2007 Australia's Next Top Model finale and the 2008 MTV Awards. Six months ago Thorpe stunned fans by proclaiming he was 'in love' with someone who did not live in Australia. When asked about Thorpe's relationship status with Mendez, Flaskas yesterday said the two men were mates."

And, just to clear up any confusion, we all know 'mate' means 'friend' in Australia.

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  1. I think everyone knows about Ian Thorpe. He was a great Olympian and I'm happy for him. Need any confirmation -- that stomach says he's totally in love.

    Posted by: JTlvr | Jan 27, 2009 10:23:18 AM

  2. Was just thinking the same thing, JTLVR. LOL!

    Posted by: Eric | Jan 27, 2009 10:31:04 AM

  3. "Mendez is well-known among Thorpe's circle of friends in Sydney, where he has been sharing a house with the Olympian for the past three years."

    How could it be any more clear other than a revelation that Ted Haggard dropped in now and then....

    Posted by: Beef and Fur | Jan 27, 2009 10:37:12 AM

  4. He's adorable, and I like him with the belly! I'm glad he's on our team. :-)

    Posted by: MT | Jan 27, 2009 10:43:37 AM

  5. Is it some kind of secret or suprise that this guy might be gay?

    Posted by: Olive Yurdich | Jan 27, 2009 10:45:12 AM

  6. Cute and cuter!

    I just hope they don't start swimming the Denial River.

    Posted by: Rad | Jan 27, 2009 10:48:31 AM

  7. Are there any unattractive Brazillians? Damn.

    Posted by: secretagentman | Jan 27, 2009 11:01:00 AM

  8. fat.

    Posted by: Yub Yub | Jan 27, 2009 11:13:20 AM

  9. "the more slightly built Mendes..." How very diplomatic.

    Posted by: seattle mike | Jan 27, 2009 12:06:24 PM

  10. Whenever somebody suggests he might be gay, Thorpe calls a press conference to declare his undying devotion to heterosexuality. It has happened so many times, I don't think anyone even cares anymore. It has become something of a running joke among journalists though.

    Posted by: John in CA | Jan 27, 2009 12:42:30 PM

  11. Seattle Mike: LOL! Too true . . .

    Posted by: GM | Jan 27, 2009 1:15:55 PM

  12. Good for them! Hope they had good weather.

    Posted by: zeke star | Jan 27, 2009 1:19:29 PM

  13. what belly? i dont see belly.

    Posted by: Landis | Jan 27, 2009 1:46:48 PM

  14. SECRETAGENTMAN, the answer to your question is no, there are no unattractive Brazilians. One trip to Sao Paolo will confirm this.

    Posted by: JerzeeMike | Jan 27, 2009 1:52:36 PM

  15. It's much easier on my head to read comments on these threads than on the politics and religion ones. So much less screaming at each other...

    *light bulb*

    No unattractive Brazilians... so true :)

    Posted by: MammaB | Jan 27, 2009 2:21:26 PM

  16. let's see.. gay olympian living with a hot brazilian for three and vacationing together ... hmmm... obviously, they're just "roommates". whew ! that was close !

    Posted by: el polacko | Jan 27, 2009 2:54:37 PM

  17. Who, dear? Me, dear? Gay, dear? NO, dear! How very dare you!

    Posted by: Derek Feye | Jan 27, 2009 4:15:36 PM

  18. Thorpe must be the top!

    Posted by: Gabe | Jan 27, 2009 4:56:15 PM

  19. Like all roommates, they are just trying to save money. Sheets are expensive, so sharing a bed saves a lot of money, particularly if you can't share clothes. You can also save on your heating bill if you snuggle up together under the sheets--you stay a lot warmer that way. This is frugality at its best.

    Posted by: anon | Jan 27, 2009 5:33:32 PM

  20. What a load. I have been out since I was 18 and I can't get a date to save my life, and all these closet cases have lovers and boyfriends. That's it book the press conference boys I'm going back in.

    Seriously if they are a couple they look very relaxed and content, wish them much happiness.

    Posted by: Will | Jan 27, 2009 5:34:58 PM

  21. But he said he's not gay! Anyway, fat fat fat and gross.

    Posted by: TANK | Jan 27, 2009 5:44:46 PM

  22. Me again. If they do so much practising together why is Thorpe losing it and Daniel still beautiful.

    Posted by: Gabe R | Jan 27, 2009 7:36:30 PM

  23. Ian needs to lay off the Feijoada and hit the gym if he wants to keep selling those "Thorpedo" bars.

    Posted by: Ruddigore | Jan 27, 2009 10:49:55 PM

  24. For Christ sakes the man is not fat fat fat and gross! Gay men don't have to be anorexic twigs in girl pants to be hot, sexy and attractive.

    The real fun in getting older is seeing when some of you twirly girls wake up and find out that most real men get a little chunky as they age. Gays included.

    Horrors! What are you going to do when you hit the time in your life when you are too old to be a bar boi and to young to be a's called YOUR 30's...Life's a bitch and you will be there someday too.

    Posted by: Beef and Fur | Jan 27, 2009 11:30:44 PM

  25. I'll tellya...plastic surgery, personal trainers, gym, gym, gym and diet, diet,diet and more, new age wrinkle cures and exotic exercise routines and whateverthefuck... with face lifts, and more. HUMAN GROWTH HORMONE!

    Posted by: TANK | Jan 27, 2009 11:55:04 PM

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