Jul 09

Dara Torres Qualifies in US Olympic Swimming Team at the Age of 41

With the Olympics just a few weeks away, I thought I would give my readers regular updates. Here’s a the most recent that shocked the swimming community. Dara Torres, 41 years old, makes history by qualifying for the US Olympic Swimming Team and beating the American Record holder 25-year old Natalie Coughlin in the 100 meter freestyle.

As expected, her performance was shadowed by doubts and suspicions on drug use as the senior Olympian already bore a child, had been diagnosed with asthma, and has had recent knee and shoulder surgeries. Yet, Torres remains firm as she has been tested more than a dozen times since March with clean results. She had always been an advocate of anti-drug campaigns in sports. She has taken part in Project Believe, a special US Anti-Doping Agency which even fueled the suspicions rather than eliminate them.

Torres understands that these suspicions will remain on her back as she competes for the US Olympic Swimming Team weeks from now. As the oldest qualifying olympic swimmer in history, it may be what will continue to challenge her and spur her on as she tries to prove that age has nothing to do with excelling in the sport. From a 39-year old mom who loves swimming, I only have one thing to say, “Go get ’em girl!”

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