Saturday, July 5, 2008

Dara Torres Shezam!

Shezam! I wanna be Dara Torres when I grow up! Did you miss this in all the July 4th hubbub? Dara Torres is a swimmer. She is competing to be on the US Olympic swimming team for Beijing in 2008. Oh, by the way, she's 41, a mother of a 15 month old and she first won a gold medal at the 1984 Summer Olympics.

Last night Dara didn't just make the Olympic team, she won the women's 100 M Free. She beat a field of competitors that are 25 and under, 16 years her junior.

Dara has already competed in four Olympics (1984, 1988, 1992, 2000) and won NINE Olympic medals. She's retired twice before and missed two Olympics, or she might well have been heading to her seventh. The 100 Free isn't even her best event- she'll be going for a spot in the 50 Free tonight, with the final on Sunday evening.

I wanna be Dara Torres when I grow up.

This clip is a little long, about 5 minutes, but you see the race start to finish.

This is a little 'Person of the Week' profile from ABC. This was done before the trials started, but you see her routine and how she trains.

Dang, I love the Olympics.

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