I've been watching Dara since she first competed at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles. I was twelve and just at the true start of my career. Here I am now watching Dara again compete for yet another Olympics as a 40 year old mother of a two year old. Are you kidding me? How unbelievably awesome is that?!
I wanted to find out more about what Dara is all about and found this excellent piece at Women's Health Magazine. Here is a glimpse of what she has pushed through in her life so far:
Having busted out of retirement again, Torres is vying for a spot on the 2008 team -- and has been outswimming athletes half her age in the process. As a mom who's battled bulimia, been divorced twice, and recovered from five knee surgeries, she might have superpowers for real.Or how about this?
I think about the end goal. When I feel like my body is exhausted, I focus on making my fifth Olympic team so I can push through it. They may become harder to achieve, but your dreams can't stop because you've hit a certain age or you've had a child.Bottom line, I love reading about strong women. I love even more reading about strong women in a sport that I also love.
I know, I know...I'm sappy. It must be all these relaxing vacation days I have been enjoying.
I am extremely excited to be able to provide this update. The women's 100 freestyle final at the US Olympic trials just finished. Not only did Dara Torres make the team, but she won the event right out from under the 25-year old second place finisher. She is the first American swimmer (note how I don't even have to include a gender disclaimer here) to ever compete in 5 (yes 5) Olympic teams. I can't even tell you all in words how excited I am about this. Woohoo!!! Way to go Dara!!!
(image via BBC Sport)