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Old 03-05-2002, 17:26   #1 (permalink)
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AUSTRALIA'S all-tumbling, all-somersaulting skiing golden girl Alisa Camplin has her first lucrative contract, reportedly signing a deal with the Seven Network. Camplin, who won the gold medal in the aerial freestyle at the recent Salt Lake City Winter Olympics, is understood to have signed the deal yesterday.
Rumours of the deal surfaced yesterday as Camplin finally arrived home in Melbourne to a warm welcome by well-wishers.

An industry source said the deal would be announced soon. It is understood it will take her up to the next Winter Olympics.

The chase for her signature began hours after she won the gold medal in Salt Lake City, with Seven reportedly impressed by her interviews on the network's Olympics coverage and Roy and HG's The Ice Dream.

Alisa's gold-medal credentials and deal with Seven bring her in line with other Australian athletic champions such as Cathy Freeman and Ian Thorpe, who are also part of the network's "Olympic franchise".

Seven is reportedly renewing its deal with former world champion Jacqui Cooper, forced out of the Winters Games by a knee injury.

Yesterday, Camplin, 27, said she was still trying to get used to all the attention from corporate Australia and the public.

"I guess I haven't been home so I have been shielded from that a little bit, but I have been hearing some good stories," she said.

"I'll have to look at them with a few people after I leave here."

Her new-found popularity with corporate Australia is not the only thing she is struggling to get used to she admitted she had been keeping her medal under her pillow until she made a decision where to put it.

"I want to use it to make a difference for people in Australia but I still want to stay the same girl," she said.

"I'm a little bit quieter, I'm a book reader and all this is way beyond what I'd dreamed of. I've only been on Australian soil for half an hour and this is nothing like I've ever seen before."

Camplin said she had expected things to have died down by the time she arrived in Melbourne.
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