Check out yesterday's (Monday Sept. 11) New York Times article on Ian
Thorpe: "Big Feet, Bigger Splash for Australian," by Jere Longman.
This is part of a special Times section on Sydney 2000. Find it at:
A few nuggets from the article, in case you didn't already know:
"His feet are so flexible that he can touch his shin with his toes,
(Coach Don) Talbot said." --bet YOU can't do this!
"His stroke is nearly 9 feet long, so attenuated that Thorpe needs only
16 strokes per 50-meter lap..." --how far can YOU go in 16 strokes?
"He is also a millionaire who enjoys dabbling in day trading of
stocks." Presumably, the wealth results from endor***ts which
include "...a phone company, an airline, a bank, a cereal, and an
automobile." --what was YOUR net worth at age 17?
Can't wait to see this guy swim!