Right Of The Star

Monday, August 16, 2004

Olympics Day 4

San Diego Tribune - Great background and coverage of Ian Thorpe's Australian (and worldwide) appeal.

SEAN M. HAFFEY / Union-Tribune
Ian Thorpe (above) outswims Michael Phelps in the 200-free semifinals, but both advanced to final.

ATHENS – Ian Thorpe knew he was popular in Australia. He consistently is voted the country's most marketable athlete. He clears $2 million in endorsements in a bad year. He has been signing autographs since age 9.....(excerpt)....

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