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Dara Torres Took the Plunge at 41

Don't Let Age Keep You From Your Dreams


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  • Absolutely an inspiration! Age certainly doesn't matter if you are motivated you can do anything!

    Keep Sparking!

    Good for Dara, but she surely isn't like the average schlock who comes on this web site to get healthy and get some fitness expertise, by any imagination! This story is like magazines pointing out how wonderful different celebs are, they have kids, and blah blah blah.............
  • Yep, she amazes me. When I was first sparking, facing some major life challenges and dreaming of becoming a Mom, Dara's story was a major inspiration. I loved that she was a fierce competitor AND new mother at an older than average age, just like I longed to be.

    Wow... and here I am several years later, on the other side of it all, with two healthy sons, realizing my dreams. Her example really helped me through some tough times :o)
    I actually don't feel inspired by Dara. I read her book and walked away saying, she and I have nothing in common! Her story is inspirational on the surface, but I don't share her competitiveness or drive.
  • Forgetting that she is an amazing fitness inspiration, she is also just an amazing person.

    I'm a self-professed Olympics junkie. The first and foremost memory for me from everything that happened at the Beijing Games in 2008 was right before the Women's 50m Freestyle Semifinal when the swimmers came out to head to the blocks, the suit of another swimmer (Sweden's Therese Alshammar) ripped and Dara stopped to help her attempt to get it together. When it ripped again, Dara flagged down the officials to stop the race so that Therese could get changed into another suit, which she did.

    Dara still managed to get focused and blistered the field in the semifinals enroute to a silver by 1/100th of a second setting an American record in the process (the 10th time she has set that record personally and still holds it today). 35 minutes later she was back in the pool winning a silver in the 4x100 medley with a Freestyle split that was more than a second faster than the individual American record in the 100 Freestyle at the time.

    Still, with all of the records and medals, it's that one act of helping another competitor so that she wouldn't miss the chance at a possible medal (Therese won 3 medals in Sydney) that stands out to me to show what kind of person she truly is.

    I seriously hope that if she does indeed make the team for 2012 in London that she is the flag-bearer during Opening Ceremonies. Team USA could certainly do a lot worse than to make that happen.
  • Amazing story, She is truly an inspiration.
    Great motivation! I love Dara!
  • I love that TIME cover. It's on my vision slideshow.
    (Like the collage, but electronic.)

    At 43 I finished losing 170-180 lbs and discovered white water kayaking. I took up snowboarding this past winter. It takes more effort to stay in shape - I really work at the cardio and strength training during the week to support my weekend activities.

    But as a result I'm keeping pace with my college-age friends, racing with them in pentathlons, running waterfalls, etc.

    It's totally worth it.
  • Dara Torres is one of my inspirations! Thanks for the great article.
  • This was an inspirational article, and one I could identify with. I used to be a competitive swimmer and I still love swimming. I took up running last year and am working on my 5K time.
    I was doing lots of trick dives into the pool with my daughters last week. I was a bit worried about doing a handstand dive. My younger daughter, 14, said 'Mum, be careful. You're too old.' My older daughter egged me on. I did it. My older daughter is 20. My sons are 26 and 29. I am 55.
    Get fit. Stay fit, and age really can be just a number!
  • What a wonderful reminder to keep working towards one' dreams!
  • This article is just what I needed today. My husband insists on reminding me that I am not 25, that I won't be able to compete with 20 year olds. I don't neccessarily want to compete. I want to be fit and healthy. You can bet I will show him this article.
  • Who doesn't find Dara Torres inspirational? I really love that she acknowledges that at 40+ her workouts have changed, but she's still able to stay in shape and compete.

    One should respect one's age-but not use it as a limiting crutch.

    I'm 50, not 25, but I still like to get out there and stay active. My 87 year old father was recently told he needs to get out and be more physically and mentally active.

    It's important for everyone!
  • I'm admittingly, a late bloomer. At 54, I'm just coming into my own, considering going back to college to become a teacher, and getting in the best shape of my life. BELIEVE! You can be YOUR BEST at any age!

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