Ian Thorpe, Australia's most medaled Olympian, recently spoke at an Australians 4 Equality event held at Twitter's offices in Sydney.

Thorpe, 34, came out gay in 2014 after years of denying rumors about his sexuality. He is currently in a relationship with law student and model Ryan Channing.

“I struggled to come out but I don't struggle with being out,” Thorpe said.

He said that he was terrified of how his parents would react.

“I come from a conservative family and my heart was racing. I had prepared for it and then I blurted it out and they quite simply told me that they would love me and always support me,” he said.

He added that coming out publicly “was better than I could have hoped for.”

“I was proud how the majority of people in Australia said 'that's great, no big deal' and the nonchalant response is how it should be,” Thorpe said.

Thorpe shared the stage with Jim Obergefell, the Ohio man whose legal challenge led to the Supreme Court's 2015 finding that gay and lesbian couples have a constitutional right to marry.

(Related: Jim Obergefell says he doesn't trust Trump on marriage equality.)