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Dara Torres Took the Plunge at 41

Don't Let Age Keep You From Your Dreams


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What about walking in the pool? I am not a good swimmer at all. I am moving in the pool. Report
Torres is one of my Inspirational Motivators. I keep her in my Treasure Box of people I think about when I fall off track. I can count on her to motivate me to get back in the pool and reach for my dreams. It is NEVER too late. I am thankful for her lessons and success. Report
You inspire me to put forth a stronger effort to reach my goals. I'm 61, and going strong!
You inspire me to put forth a stronger effort to reach my goals. I'm 61, and going strong!
Great Inspirational story. Report
Absolutely an inspiration! Age certainly doesn't matter if you are motivated you can do anything!

Keep Sparking!

Nola Report
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............. Report
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) Report
Great article. Report
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. Report
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. Report
Amazing story, She is truly an inspiration. Report
Great motivation! I love Dara! Report
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. Report
Dara Torres is one of my inspirations! Thanks for the great article. Report

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