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Old June 9th 04, 06:53 PM
Larry Weisenthal
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Default Thorpe at Janet Evans Invitational in Long Beach

I am SO excited. Only two more days. I've never seen him swim in person.
Gonna have the digital video camera fired up and stocked with tapes. Anyone
who lives in So Cal and misses this opportunity is truly nutso. Ian's comin'
to town!



From the Long Beach Press-Telegram:



Long Beach is 'Thorpedo' alley this week

Aussie star heads the Janet Evans Invitational.

By Joe Stevens
Staff writer

Eureka!

So this is why all of this "Thorpedo' stuff is attracting so much attention.

Australian swimmer Ian Thorpe and five of his teammates took another step
toward the Janet Evans Invitational when they charmed media members at a news
conference on Tuesday. The scope of the Janet Evans Invitational, which starts
Thursday, will include 20 countries and more than 1,000 elite swimmers from
around the globe.

But even with all of the top athletes competing in the first event of the 2004
Long Beach Aquatics Grand Prix, it became obvious why the polished, smooth and
charismatic Thorpe was not only the centerpiece of the news conference, but the
event as well.

The 21-year-old Thorpe answered an array of questions that could help those not
knowledgeable of swimming understand his place in the sport. In Australia, he
has the celebrity power of David Beckham or Tiger Woods or Michael Jordan.

Thorpe won three gold medals and two silvers at the 2000 Sydney Olympics. He
draws so much attention in his homeland that when he was disqualified in the
400-meter freestyle in the Australian national trials and later given back a
spot in the event, it was one of the country's biggest news stories.

"When it happened, I was trying to scroll around TV channels not to see it,
because I don't like watching myself on TV,' Thorpe said. "I saw something, and
our prime minister was on TV. He was speaking, so I thought, 'Oh, I can watch
this.' But he, too, was talking about it.'

Even though the glamorous Thorpe will bring a heap of interest, the 11th annual
Janet Evans Invitational isn't all about him. This will be the first, and only,
time that swimmers can test the new pools adjacent to the Long Beach Arena
before the U.S. Olympic Trials of Swimming, July7-14.

In past years, the event was held at USC. This year, it was moved to Long Beach
to be a part of the Aquatics Grand Prix, which also includes national men's and
women's water polo events. To accommodate the competitions, two 50-meter
Olympic-size pools were constructed above ground.

With the Janet Evans Invitational leading into the trials and then the trials
leading into the Olympics, a feeling of anticipation is among the Olympic
hopefuls. When the event starts on Thursday, that should quench some of the
swimmers' competitive thirst.

Until then, anticipation will remain, and it is no secret that the Janet Evans
meet is a prelude to the Olympic Trials.

"I wouldn't read too much into it if the results are much slower or faster than
expected,' said Petria Thomas, who won two silver medals and a bronze in the
Sydney Olympics. "I'm not one to swim my personal best in the middle of the
season.'

Members of Australia's swim team and Janet Evans gushed about how impressive
the pools, constructed by Italy-based Martha Pools, are.

"The pools look great, and I can't wait to test the waters,' said Justin
Norris, a butterfly specialist for Australia.

Evans underscored how high the talent level will be.

"Outside of the Athens Games, there is no other place to see world-class
swimming than here in Long Beach,' she said.

There also is no other place to see the high-profile Thorpe, who is not only
the talk among his countrymen, but his teammates.

"He's always had great poise, even as a 15-year-old,' said Michael Klim, who
will be competing in relays and is Thorpe's former roommate. "He was always in
control of everything, and I wonder where he got that. It's not like you're
taught that it school. It's part of his character.'

All swimming eyes look to be on Thorpe, but he is used to that.

"I don't feel pressure,' Thorpe said. "I never feel pressure. I feel
expectations.'

  #2  
Old June 10th 04, 01:56 AM
Colin Priest
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Default Thorpe at Janet Evans Invitational in Long Beach

Hmm - they don't seem to know who Justin Norris is. He's not just a
butterfly specialist, although he did medal at the last Olympics in the 200
fly. He also swims breaststroke and individual medley at a medallist level.

Larry, watch how balanced Thorpe's stroke is - he's absolutely amazing to
watch in person.

Is Klim swimming at the meet? I'd be interested to know whether he's
continuing to improve in his comeback after injury.

"Larry Weisenthal" wrote in message
...
I am SO excited. Only two more days. I've never seen him swim in person.
Gonna have the digital video camera fired up and stocked with tapes.

Anyone
who lives in So Cal and misses this opportunity is truly nutso. Ian's

comin'
to town!



From the Long Beach Press-Telegram:



Long Beach is 'Thorpedo' alley this week

Aussie star heads the Janet Evans Invitational.

By Joe Stevens
Staff writer

Eureka!

So this is why all of this "Thorpedo' stuff is attracting so much

attention.

Australian swimmer Ian Thorpe and five of his teammates took another step
toward the Janet Evans Invitational when they charmed media members at a

news
conference on Tuesday. The scope of the Janet Evans Invitational, which

starts
Thursday, will include 20 countries and more than 1,000 elite swimmers

from
around the globe.

But even with all of the top athletes competing in the first event of the

2004
Long Beach Aquatics Grand Prix, it became obvious why the polished, smooth

and
charismatic Thorpe was not only the centerpiece of the news conference,

but the
event as well.

The 21-year-old Thorpe answered an array of questions that could help

those not
knowledgeable of swimming understand his place in the sport. In Australia,

he
has the celebrity power of David Beckham or Tiger Woods or Michael Jordan.

Thorpe won three gold medals and two silvers at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

He
draws so much attention in his homeland that when he was disqualified in

the
400-meter freestyle in the Australian national trials and later given back

a
spot in the event, it was one of the country's biggest news stories.

"When it happened, I was trying to scroll around TV channels not to see

it,
because I don't like watching myself on TV,' Thorpe said. "I saw

something, and
our prime minister was on TV. He was speaking, so I thought, 'Oh, I can

watch
this.' But he, too, was talking about it.'

Even though the glamorous Thorpe will bring a heap of interest, the 11th

annual
Janet Evans Invitational isn't all about him. This will be the first, and

only,
time that swimmers can test the new pools adjacent to the Long Beach Arena
before the U.S. Olympic Trials of Swimming, July7-14.

In past years, the event was held at USC. This year, it was moved to Long

Beach
to be a part of the Aquatics Grand Prix, which also includes national

men's and
women's water polo events. To accommodate the competitions, two 50-meter
Olympic-size pools were constructed above ground.

With the Janet Evans Invitational leading into the trials and then the

trials
leading into the Olympics, a feeling of anticipation is among the Olympic
hopefuls. When the event starts on Thursday, that should quench some of

the
swimmers' competitive thirst.

Until then, anticipation will remain, and it is no secret that the Janet

Evans
meet is a prelude to the Olympic Trials.

"I wouldn't read too much into it if the results are much slower or faster

than
expected,' said Petria Thomas, who won two silver medals and a bronze in

the
Sydney Olympics. "I'm not one to swim my personal best in the middle of

the
season.'

Members of Australia's swim team and Janet Evans gushed about how

impressive
the pools, constructed by Italy-based Martha Pools, are.

"The pools look great, and I can't wait to test the waters,' said Justin
Norris, a butterfly specialist for Australia.

Evans underscored how high the talent level will be.

"Outside of the Athens Games, there is no other place to see world-class
swimming than here in Long Beach,' she said.

There also is no other place to see the high-profile Thorpe, who is not

only
the talk among his countrymen, but his teammates.

"He's always had great poise, even as a 15-year-old,' said Michael Klim,

who
will be competing in relays and is Thorpe's former roommate. "He was

always in
control of everything, and I wonder where he got that. It's not like

you're
taught that it school. It's part of his character.'

All swimming eyes look to be on Thorpe, but he is used to that.

"I don't feel pressure,' Thorpe said. "I never feel pressure. I feel
expectations.'



  #3  
Old June 10th 04, 05:07 AM
Mike Edey
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Default Thorpe at Janet Evans Invitational in Long Beach

On Wed, 09 Jun 2004 23:56:53 +0000, Colin Priest wrote:

Hmm - they don't seem to know who Justin Norris is. He's not just a
butterfly specialist, although he did medal at the last Olympics in the
200 fly. He also swims breaststroke and individual medley at a medallist
level.

Larry, watch how balanced Thorpe's stroke is - he's absolutely amazing to
watch in person.


And the kick - my lord the camera just doesn't do it justice.

Is Klim swimming at the meet? I'd be interested to know whether he's
continuing to improve in his comeback after injury.


Likewise.

--Mike
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Old June 10th 04, 07:46 PM
Hugo Zhang
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Default Thorpe at Janet Evans Invitational in Long Beach

Hi Larry,

I am going to take my 11 years old son to watch him. Thorpe is going
to swim 100M and 400M tomorrow.

BTW, they are not to have the 10 miles swim this year at the Seal
Beach. Only 1 and 3 miles. The date is July 17.

Hugo







...
I am SO excited. Only two more days. I've never seen him swim in person.
Gonna have the digital video camera fired up and stocked with tapes. Anyone
who lives in So Cal and misses this opportunity is truly nutso. Ian's comin'
to town!



From the Long Beach Press-Telegram:



Long Beach is 'Thorpedo' alley this week

Aussie star heads the Janet Evans Invitational.

By Joe Stevens
Staff writer

Eureka!

So this is why all of this "Thorpedo' stuff is attracting so much attention.

Australian swimmer Ian Thorpe and five of his teammates took another step
toward the Janet Evans Invitational when they charmed media members at a news
conference on Tuesday. The scope of the Janet Evans Invitational, which starts
Thursday, will include 20 countries and more than 1,000 elite swimmers from
around the globe.

But even with all of the top athletes competing in the first event of the 2004
Long Beach Aquatics Grand Prix, it became obvious why the polished, smooth and
charismatic Thorpe was not only the centerpiece of the news conference, but the
event as well.

The 21-year-old Thorpe answered an array of questions that could help those not
knowledgeable of swimming understand his place in the sport. In Australia, he
has the celebrity power of David Beckham or Tiger Woods or Michael Jordan.

Thorpe won three gold medals and two silvers at the 2000 Sydney Olympics. He
draws so much attention in his homeland that when he was disqualified in the
400-meter freestyle in the Australian national trials and later given back a
spot in the event, it was one of the country's biggest news stories.

"When it happened, I was trying to scroll around TV channels not to see it,
because I don't like watching myself on TV,' Thorpe said. "I saw something, and
our prime minister was on TV. He was speaking, so I thought, 'Oh, I can watch
this.' But he, too, was talking about it.'

Even though the glamorous Thorpe will bring a heap of interest, the 11th annual
Janet Evans Invitational isn't all about him. This will be the first, and only,
time that swimmers can test the new pools adjacent to the Long Beach Arena
before the U.S. Olympic Trials of Swimming, July7-14.

In past years, the event was held at USC. This year, it was moved to Long Beach
to be a part of the Aquatics Grand Prix, which also includes national men's and
women's water polo events. To accommodate the competitions, two 50-meter
Olympic-size pools were constructed above ground.

With the Janet Evans Invitational leading into the trials and then the trials
leading into the Olympics, a feeling of anticipation is among the Olympic
hopefuls. When the event starts on Thursday, that should quench some of the
swimmers' competitive thirst.

Until then, anticipation will remain, and it is no secret that the Janet Evans
meet is a prelude to the Olympic Trials.

"I wouldn't read too much into it if the results are much slower or faster than
expected,' said Petria Thomas, who won two silver medals and a bronze in the
Sydney Olympics. "I'm not one to swim my personal best in the middle of the
season.'

Members of Australia's swim team and Janet Evans gushed about how impressive
the pools, constructed by Italy-based Martha Pools, are.

"The pools look great, and I can't wait to test the waters,' said Justin
Norris, a butterfly specialist for Australia.

Evans underscored how high the talent level will be.

"Outside of the Athens Games, there is no other place to see world-class
swimming than here in Long Beach,' she said.

There also is no other place to see the high-profile Thorpe, who is not only
the talk among his countrymen, but his teammates.

"He's always had great poise, even as a 15-year-old,' said Michael Klim, who
will be competing in relays and is Thorpe's former roommate. "He was always in
control of everything, and I wonder where he got that. It's not like you're
taught that it school. It's part of his character.'

All swimming eyes look to be on Thorpe, but he is used to that.

"I don't feel pressure,' Thorpe said. "I never feel pressure. I feel
expectations.'

  #5  
Old June 10th 04, 07:50 PM
Larry Weisenthal
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Klim is supposed to be swimming in a couple of relays. 400 tomorrow!
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Old June 10th 04, 07:57 PM
Larry Weisenthal
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Default Thorpe at Janet Evans Invitational in Long Beach

BTW, they are not to have the 10 miles swim this year at the Seal
Beach. Only 1 and 3 miles. The date is July 17.

Thanks, Hugo. Hope I see you there, if not at the meet tomorrow (I'll be
wearing a blue blazer with a yellow carnation and a white straw boater-style
hat and carrying an umbrella and leading around a Great Dane on a leash on the
pool-deck; so I may be difficult to find, blending in with everyone else).
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Old June 11th 04, 03:42 AM
Mike Edey
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Default Thorpe at Janet Evans Invitational in Long Beach

On Thu, 10 Jun 2004 17:57:11 +0000, Larry Weisenthal wrote:

BTW, they are not to have the 10 miles swim this year at the Seal

Beach. Only 1 and 3 miles. The date is July 17.

Thanks, Hugo. Hope I see you there, if not at the meet tomorrow (I'll be
wearing a blue blazer with a yellow carnation and a white straw
boater-style hat and carrying an umbrella and leading around a Great Dane
on a leash on the pool-deck; so I may be difficult to find, blending in
with everyone else).


hahahaha

Any chance we might see a similar getup for Master's Worlds in Edmonton
next summer?

--Mike
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Old June 11th 04, 11:08 PM
Joskin
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"Larry Weisenthal" wrote in message
...

Thanks, Hugo. Hope I see you there, if not at the meet tomorrow (I'll be
wearing a blue blazer with a yellow carnation and a white straw

boater-style
hat and carrying an umbrella and leading around a Great Dane on a leash on

the
pool-deck; so I may be difficult to find, blending in with everyone else).


You sound like an OK guy !

From an old UK swimmer


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Old June 12th 04, 11:29 AM
Larry Weisenthal
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Default Thorpe at Janet Evans Invitational in Long Beach

Hugo...

The Long Beach facility and setting was beautiful, didn't you think? I video'd
the 400 and have posted it temporarily on my website (link listed on a
companion thread). Looking forward to seeing Ian in the 200 tomorrow! Dana
Kirk also had a very nice swim in the 200 fly (2:08+).
 




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