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Formula One: Out of the water, Joseph Schooling is just another fan

Red Bull's Australian F1 driver Daniel Ricciardo and Singapore's Olympic swimming champion Joseph Schooling pictured during their cook-off at a Tag Heuer event yesterday at Ion Orchard.
Red Bull's Australian F1 driver Daniel Ricciardo and Singapore's Olympic swimming champion Joseph Schooling pictured during their cook-off at a Tag Heuer event yesterday at Ion Orchard.ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG

Olympic champ Schooling, who will be at F1 race on Sunday, is a sharp observer of other sports

Water is his workplace, land is his playground. Strip off his goggles and Joseph Schooling becomes an everyday guy, who just happens to have an Olympic gold lying around. But otherwise he's just like you. Glued to his TV for two hours a day watching putts drop, punches fly, footballs curl and cars race.

Champions, we forget, are also fans. But probably without a side order of greasy fries.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 13, 2018, with the headline 'Out of the water, Jo's just another fan'. Print Edition | Subscribe