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A Woman To Watch

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A Woman To Watch
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Watching the Olympics this year may do more for you than just entertain.  If you happened to catch Dara Torres compete, there is a good chance you could not help feeling inspired by her.  The 41-year-old mother of a two-year-old now holds 10 Olympic medals and she is not finished. 

 

Last Sunday Torres became the oldest Olympic swimming medalist when she helped her U.S. team take home silver in the 4x100-meter freestyle relay. Torres’ victorious run may not be over yet, as she is still scheduled to compete in the 50-meter-freestyle.

 

Even though Torres retired from elite training back in 2000, she still kept up with swimming in the Masters every year.  Her training continued through her pregnancy, morning sickness, and soon after the birth of her daughter.  Torres talked to Time magazine earlier this year after winning a spot in the Olympic trials.  She said, “I had literally just breast fed my daughter, got on the blocks and got ready to swim.  I didn’t know what to expect, so I was pleasantly surprised.”

 

Since coming back into the spotlight Torres has undergone the expected scrutiny over whether she has used illegal performance enhancing drugs to be able to have the strength and incredible endurance she has at her age.  In response to the scrutiny and questions, Torres has committed herself to numerous drug tests and has even signed on with a random drug-testing program that probes into many aspects of her life to prove she is clean.  Illegal substances have never been found in her system.

 

Some may ask why she puts herself through all of that just to prove she is not taking steroids.  Her answer is as inspiring as her Olympic performances, “I feel like I have so many middle-aged women who look up to me.  I want them to feel proud, and feel like they can do what they set out to do.  I would never do anything to disappoint these women.”

 

What do you think of Dara Torres’ response to scrutiny over whether she has taken performance-enhancing drugs?

 

Have you been able to catch Dara Torres competing in the Olympics this year?

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  • susanktz By susanktz
    08.27.08  

    She's a true olympian in my opinion. She represents what I would want to be.

  • shessburg By shessburg
    08.23.08  

    What a true strength as a women! It was awesome to see her swim and show women enjoy taking care of themselves and proving we can stay in good shape as we age. She is a true inspiration.

  • swimmingsportsmom By swimmingsportsmom
    08.22.08  

    I think that Dara Torres shows that we women become stronger and better with age. I want to be like that kind of Olympian. One who can breastfeed and get on the blocks. She is definitely an inspiration to me and shows me to take care of myself, continue to nurture myself and to keep dreaming.

  • marinewife3521 By marinewife3521
    08.22.08  

    honestly, more props to her. she's definitely an inspiration to me & I'm nowhere near her age. I'm glad she's making her dreams come true by competing in the olympics. Age is just a number, and I believe thats becoming more & more true as the years go by. 40 now isn't what 40 used to be!

  • MaurChclt By MaurChclt
    08.22.08  

    She's an inspiration! I loved watching her and admire her DREAM.

  • swellmel By swellmel
    08.21.08  

    Watching her compete this year was such a pleasure. Thanks for sharing your dream with us Dara!

  • dorina16 By dorina16
    08.21.08  

    She is an inspiration. She is the best she can be - and this is all we all should aspire to achieve.

  • libby1260 By libby1260
    08.21.08  

    she is really great at that age

  • lhobbit By lhobbit
    08.21.08  

    Way to go! Determination is the key.

  • Trayblond By Trayblond
    08.21.08  

    It's *almost* funny how some people can't grasp how awesome she is and assume it must be the result of illegal enhancement drugs. Bah!

    I first heard about her in January and was seriously impressed by her body, her determination, AND her age. WOW.

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