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Dara Torres

Category: Olympians, Sports Moms, Women in Sports
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Biography:

Whether she is on land or in the water, American swimmer Dara Torres is unstoppable. Breaking the first world record in the 50 meter freestyle at just fourteen years old was just a taste of what was to come. The five-time Olympian has an unparalleled competitive drive which has propelled her through five Olympic Games, the most of any swimmer, male or female. In total, Sports Speaker Dara holds twelve Olympic medals, four of which are gold; she is tied with Jennie Thompson as the most decorated swimmer in U.S. history. At the 2008 Olympic Games, the 2009 ESPY Best Comeback Award winner broke yet another record as the oldest swimmer to compete in an Olympics, certainly one of the many feats behind the title of her inspirational memoir 2009 Age is Just a Number. Her second book, Gold Medal Fitness: A Revolutionary 5-Week Program, went on to become a New York Times bestseller.

However, it has not been always been a smooth ride for the elite-caliber athlete. Despite a stellar college career at the University of Florida, where she collected countless honors and was inducted into the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame, Dara became bulimic; it took years to overcome the eating disorder. Later in life it was struggles with fertility issues, but she finally got to experience motherhood with the birth of her daughter Tessa in 2006. However, it seems like there is no obstacle Dara is unable to conquer. There was no doubt in anyone’s mind that she deserved a spot on Sport Illustrated’s list of Top Female Athletes of the Decade.

After captivating America’s heart as a young swimmer, Dara is just as loved and highly sought after as a speaker and guest on ESPN, NBC, Today, Kelly and Regis, and Good Morning America. Her enviable physique landed her on the cover of Sport’s Illustrated Swimsuit issue as the first featured female athlete as well as the infamous Got Milk campaign. She also gives back as a celebrity swimmer for Swim Across America and a spokesperson for Get in the Game. Dara’s athletic accomplishments, healthy lifestyle, and ability to overcome adversity make her an inspiration to all.