Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Woman of the Week - Dara Torres

I have enjoyed watching the Olympic Trials over the past couple weeks. I was impressed that Dara Torres was competing to be in the 2012 Olympics as a swimmer at the age of 45. On July 2nd, she placed fourth in the 50-meter freestyle, and only the top two made it on the 2012 Summer Olympic Team. So Torres' 28-year Olympic career came to an end.

I think it's fantastic that she was still competing at age 45. Torres admitted that she wasn't expecting to end her swimming career on July 2nd, but she confirmed that she will now be retiring from competitive swimming. Over her long career, she has competed in five Olympic Games, and she has twelve Olympic medals. Torres also has a career as a television reporter. She majored in telecommunications in college, and she has worked on NBC, TNT, and ESPN. Torres is not sure what she'll do with her life now, and she is going to take some time off to decide.

I am sure Dara Torres will continue to be successful. She has written two books: "Age is Just a Number: Achieve Your Dreams At Any Stage In Your Life" and "Gold Medal Fitness: A Revolutionary 5-Week Program." She has been an inspiration to many women. Torres was the first female athlete to be featured in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. She also won the ESPY (Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly) award for best comeback in 2009. I am looking forward to seeing what is in store for her in the future. Whatever she chooses to do with the rest of her life, I am sure it will be grand!

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