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Dara Torres

Who says 41 is too old to compete in the Olympics?
Not Dara Torres

Dara Torres


She's 41 years old, has a two-year-old daughter, and won her first Olympic medal, a relay gold, in 1984. Torres is training to make the 2008 US Olympic team. Torres set the American record in the 50-meter freestyle just a few months ago.

The Olympic Trials are going on right now in Omaha, NE. The women's 50-meter freestyle preliminaries take place on July 5 with the final on July 6, broadcast live on NBC. It is more than two decades after she first entered the national stage as a 17-year-old Olympian, once again Dara Torres prepares to dive in and stage her third comeback as she tries to make the U.S.

Torres will attempt to qualify for her fifth Olympic Games (1984, '88, '92, '00) in the 50- and 100-meter freestyle events. She would be the oldest female swimmer to compete in the Games.

"You can't put an age on your dreams," said Torres, who is swimming faster now than she did at the University of Florida and broke her own American 50-meter freestyle record last year.

If she makes it to Beijing, it will mark 24 years since Torres competed in her first games -- it was 1984 when Torres got the opportunity to perform in front of her hometown of Los Angeles.

"I'd like people to say, 'This is fantastic that a middle-aged woman can be doing this -- who's a mom,'" Torres said.


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