Thorpe at Janet Evans Invitational in Long Beach

Discussion in 'General Fitness' started by Larry Weisentha, Jun 12, 2004.

  1. 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.'
     
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  2. Colin Priest

    Colin Priest Guest

    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" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]...
    > 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. Hugo Zhang

    Hugo Zhang Guest

    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


    news:<[email protected]>...
    > 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.'
     
  4. Klim is supposed to be swimming in a couple of relays.
    400 tomorrow!
     
  5. >>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).
     
  6. Joskin

    Joskin Guest

    "Larry Weisenthal" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]...

    > 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
     
  7. Hugo Zhang

    Hugo Zhang Guest

    [email protected] (Larry Weisenthal) wrote in message news:<[email protected]>...
    > >>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).

    Hi Larry! I did not even try to look for you. So many
    people, especially for the finals in the afternoon. But
    wasn't Thorpe amazing? His strokes were so smooth and
    beautiful. There were very little splashes of water when his
    hands entered into the water. He seemed to swim
    effortlessly, like a warm up. You could see how hard other
    people swam. It's a wonderful experience for me and my son.
    We have a super hero to learn from.

    Hugo
     
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