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KRAYZELBURG, Kids kick off IBM’s fanmail with a splash

-- Swim Clinic Launches Fan-Friendly Olympic Site--

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WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - 17 Jul 2000: Olympic Games, helped launch the Internet fan site and held a swim clinic for local kids. Krayzelburg's clinic gave kids an up-close look at a top U.S. medal hopeful, while IBM's FanMail will allow them to stay in touch with Lenny and 10,000 other Olympic athletes while they are competing in Sydney.

Launched today, IBM's FanMail (www.ibm.com/fanmail), is a fan-friendly site through which fans reach out to all the athletes at the Sydney Games by sending messages of good luck and congratulations. FanMail allows users to send messages to individual athletes or teams, all athletes from a country or all Olympians. The site also allows fans to check out personalized athlete Web pages and the latest news and views from the IBM Surf Shack, a cyber café in the Olympic Village. While in Sydney, athletes who visit the Surf Shack will be able to read and respond to messages, surf the Web and create personal home pages.

As an athlete, I get such a boost from hearing from fans when I compete, says Krayzelburg. IBM's FanMail Web site is an easy way to instantly connect with fans all over the world, and I'm looking forward to reading my FanMail messages when I arrive in Sydney.

Fans from 126 countries sent over 300,000 messages to the athletes at the Nagano Olympic Winter Games in 1998. This year, more than 10,000 athletes from nearly 200 countries will be in Sydney to receive messages at the Surf Shack, which will open September 2 in the Olympic Village.

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