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So Great Are His Feats--and Feet--Thorpe Can't Escape the ...

SYDNEY 2000 / SUMMER OLYMPICS

Water Pressure

September 13, 2000|LISA DILLMAN | TIMES STAFF WRITER

The fascination with Thorpe is endless in Australia, as evidenced by the volume of queries on his personal Web site. Thorpe estimated he receives anywhere from 40-100 e-mails a day, and got 155 one night after one of his sensational swims.

He answers hundreds of questions, running the gamut from his boyhood days (he was allergic to chlorine) to his greatest day as a swimmer (making the Olympic team) to his early racing rivalry with his older sister Christina (they wagered chocolates).

Thorpe handles questions about politics. Asked about Aboriginal protests, he writes, "I think the Olympics is not a political event. It is a sporting event where all the nations come together in peace and compete amongst friends."

One submission tells him he was born in the Chinese year of the dog. Thorpe replied: "Thanks for letting me know I'm a dog."

Then there's the obligatory music question: "N'Sync or Backstreet Boys?"

Thorpe: "NEITHER."

Among the reams of trivial and not-so-trivial information, he likes the Smashmouth song, "Walking on the Sun."

Hmm.

In a few days, if all goes well, they might write a new song about Thorpe.

"Walking on the Water."

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