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Lane leaves 'Thorpedo' in awe

Posted on 5 November 2000  - 12:00

Tottenham Hotspur (Spurs) Football Club is located in North London. The club is also known as Spurs. Tottenham's home ground is White Hart Lane. The club motto is Audere est Facere (To dare is to do).

<P class=MsoNormal>Aussie swimming star and Olympic sensation Ian Thorpe was left awe-struck last week.<P class=MsoNormal>The reason? The 17-year-old who took the Sydney Games by storm with a triple gold medal haul stepped into another sporting arena that made his heart beat faster &mdash&#59; White Hart Lane.<P class=MsoNormal>The official Spurs website revealed during the Olympics that the &lsquo&#59;Thorpedo&rsquo&#59; was a Spurs fan and one of the Aussie hero&rsquo&#59;s dreams came true before the match against Birmingham City when he was showed around the Lane, the dressing rooms and onto the pitch for a pre-match welcome from his fellow fans.<P class=MsoNormal>Speaking after his look around the dressing rooms, Thorpe enthused: &ldquo&#59;It&rsquo&#59;s a pretty awesome place.<P class=MsoNormal>&ldquo&#59;I guess I&rsquo&#59;m in a very lucky position in that I&rsquo&#59;m one of the few people who have had the opportunity to walk out onto the football field here, or soccer field as I would call it. I&rsquo&#59;m very lucky and very happy to be here.&rdquo&#59;<P class=MsoNormal>Thorpe, of course, performed in front of a packed swimming stadium in the Olympics and stepped out in front of 120,000 adoring fans in the Sydney&rsquo&#59;s main stadium. Could he get the feeling to what is was like with 36,000 fans in the Lane?<P class=MsoNormal>&ldquo&#59;I know exactly what it&rsquo&#59;s like. I&rsquo&#59;ve walked out into a stadium of 120,000 people, all screaming. Until you experience it you can&rsquo&#59;t know what it would feel like and it&rsquo&#59;s very difficult to explain.<P class=MsoNormal>&ldquo&#59;Very few people get to experience it from an athletes&rsquo&#59; point of view and even fewer around the world.&rdquo&#59;<P class=MsoNormal>Thorpe &mdash&#59; famed for his skin-tight adidas swim suit and size 17 feet - is restricted to grabbing what highlights he can of the Premiership on TV back home in Australia.<P class=MsoNormal>&ldquo&#59;We get a little bit on pay TV and that&rsquo&#59;s it,&rdquo&#59; he revealed. &ldquo&#59;There is not too much coverage. But there is quite a strong soccer fan base in Australia who support English teams.&rdquo&#59;<P class=MsoNormal>So on to his swimming. After a haul of Olympic medals in front of his home fans could sporting life get any better for Thorpe?<P class=MsoNormal>&ldquo&#59;I think so,&rdquo&#59; he added. &ldquo&#59;The Sydney Olympics will always be part of my life but there are more things that will happen.<P class=MsoNormal>&ldquo&#59;Hopefully I&rsquo&#59;ll experience something that comes close to that and something that will equal that.<P class=MsoNormal>&ldquo&#59;It&rsquo&#59;s my intention to swim for the next four years so that I get to experience another Olympics which it really is an honour to be part of. That&rsquo&#59;s why I&rsquo&#59;m training and hopefully I&rsquo&#59;ll be there in four years doing the same as I did in Sydney.&rdquo&#59;<P class=MsoNormal>To listen to the Thorpedo's interview, <A href="">click here</A><P class=MsoNormal><I>By Paul Miles</I><P class=MsoNormal>&nbsp&#59;<P class=MsoNormal>&nbsp&#59;<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p>