Dara Torres is an American swimmer expected to compete in the 2008 Olympics. If she were to qualify, Torres would be eldest female Olympic swimmer ever at 41. Torres’ specialty is the freestyle. A little over a year ago, Torres was pregnant with her daughter, Tessa, now 20 months. While pregnant, Torres’ doctors suggested she swam to keep in swim. The competitive juices started to flow again and after Tessa was born, Torres returned to racing.
Florida: While at UF, Torres earned 28 All Americans.
Past Olympics: Torres was the only American to compete in four Olympics and may be the only one to compete in five. She started her journey at the 1984 Olympics where she won the gold as part of the 100 Freestyle Relay. Torres swam again in the 1988 Olympics where she won the bronze in the same event. At the 1992 Olympics, she returned to the top podium with her teammates and captured the gold again in the relay. Her final Olympics (so she thought) in Sydney proved to be her best. Torres won the gold in the 100 FR and 100 Medley Relay and captured the bronze in the 50 and 100 meter Freestyle as well as the 100 meter Butterfly.
Road to Beijing:Torres broke the American record in the 50 meter freestyle at the 2007 National Championships. She also shattered the American record in the short course 50 and 100 Free in November of 2007.