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Dara Torres is a twelve-time Olympic medalist, known for being the fastest female swimmer in America. She entered her first international swimming competition at only 14 years old, and a few years later she competed in the 1984 Olympics. She has competed in a total of five Olympic Games and won 12 medals.
In 2008, Dara became the oldest swimmer to compete in the Olympics. She won three silver medals, including the infamous 50-meter freestyle race, where she missed the gold by 1/100th of a second. Her performance inspired many older athletes to consider re-entering competition, including cyclist Lance Armstrong. Dara underwent radical reconstructive surgery on her knee in 2009, but continues to compete.
Dara won the ESPY award for Best Comeback in 2009, and was named one of the Top Female Athletes of the Decade by Sports Illustrated magazine. She was also the first female athlete to be featured in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. She has appeared as a commentator on networks like Fox News, ESPN and the Discovery channel. Her memoir, Age is Just a Number: Achieve Your Dreams at Any Stage in Your Life, was listed as one of the top 25 best-selling business books in June of 2009. Her second book, Gold Medal Fitness: A Revolutionary 5-Week Program was published in May of 2010.
Twelve-Time Olympic Medalist
Dara Torres is arguably the fastest female swimmer in America. She entered her first international swimming competition at age 14 and competed in her first Olympics a few years later in 1984. At the Beijing Games in 2008, Dara became the oldest swimmer to compete in the Olympics. When she took three silver medals â€“ including the infamous heartbreaking 50-meter freestyle race where she missed the Gold by 1/100th of a second â€“ America loved her all the more for her astonishing achievement and her good-natured acceptance of the results.
In total, Dara has competed in 5 Olympic Games and has won 12 medals in her Olympic career. Her impressive performance in Beijing has inspired many older athletes to consider re-entering competition, including cyclist Lance Armstrong. Even after undergoing radical reconstructive surgery on her knee in fall of 2009, Torres has shown no signs of slowing down anytime soon.
Aside from her amazing accomplishments in the pool, Dara has other talents on dry land as well. She has appeared as a commentator on such networks as Fox News, ESPN and the Discovery Channel, and was the first female athlete to be featured in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. In 2009, Dara won the ESPY award for Best Comeback and was named one of the Top Female Athletes of the decade by Sports Illustrated magazine.
Her memoir, Age is Just a Number: Achieve Your Dreams At Any Stage In Your Life, was published in April, 2009 and was listed as one of the top 25 best-selling business books in the month of June. Her second book, Gold Medal Fitness: A Revolutionary 5-Week Program was released in May, 2010.
Olympian, author, mother, and role model, Dara Torres is many things to many people, but above all, she is an inspiration.
In this presentation, Dara tells a story about how in 2000, after she won five Olympic medals, a reporter stopped her and asked, “Are you going to do this again in eight years at 41?” She replied, “That’s the stupidest question I ever heard!” Eight years later, she became the oldest swimmer to compete in the Olympics, winning three silver medals. “I think I need to find that guy and apologize to him,” she jokes.
She talks about why she decided to get back into competitive swimming. She says that after she became pregnant she discovered that normal exercise made her nauseous, so she decided to swim instead. She started swimming at a local pool and her competitive spirit returned. “Some of these middle aged men started racing against me,” she says, “and let me tell you, if you think being competitive will die as you get older, it doesn’t happen. It stays with you.”
Dara’s inspirational presentations empower audiences to accomplish their goals no matter what their age. She draws on her experience as an Olympic swimmer to motivate audiences to break through barriers and make their dreams come true.
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“Dara was terrific. Employees loved the events she keynoted and Dara was very cordial to everyone around her. I would recommend Dara to anyone who needs an inspirational/motivational speaker.”
Craig Cooper, Genesis Health System
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Jennifer Fitzgerald from NBC
“As expected, everything went smoothly with Dara this morning. She nailed her inspirational speech and brought the crowd to their feet with applause. Today’s bittersweet because I really enjoyed working with Dara and don’t know when our paths might cross again…but if I could fish my wish, it’d be very soon! It’s been a pleasure having had the opportunity to work with someone as professional, down-to-earth and motivated as Dara.”
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Gold Medal Fitness: A Revolutionary 5-Week Program
Dara Torres has been to the Olympics five times, she′s won twelve medals, and now, at the age of 42, she still competes with girls half her age and is one of the most celebrated swimmers of all time. But you don′t need to list her accolades to understand why people admire her athleticism so much—just look at her! Perfect abs, enviable arms—she′s as strong as can be and continues to redefine established wisdom about staying in shape at any age. So, what′s her secret?
In Gold Medal Fitness you′ll find all of Torres′s tips for getting back into the game and staying in shape for many years to come. Her unique combination of stretching and strengthening exercises both tone and elongate your muscles, leaving you with that perfectly sculpted and slender shape. And in this revolutionary 5-week program, she′s adapted her workout plan for you!
Torres will take you step by step through a nutrition plan to prepare for the workouts. She′ll walk you through the strengthening and stretching exercises, including the Ki-Hara method that has transformed her body. She′ll give you hints on how to enjoy your cardiovascular activities. And, finally, she′ll share her wisdom about rest and recovery and why it is as essential for your body as your training.
Whether you′re looking to lose those last ten pounds or get back into a sport that you used to love, Gold Medal Fitness will produce the results that you want, reignite how you feel in your own skin, and change your lifestyle.
Age Is Just a Number: Achieve Your Dreams at Any Stage in Your Life
From legendary Olympic gold medalist Dara Torres comes a motivational, inspirational memoir about staying fit, aging gracefully, and pursuing your dreams.
Dara Torres captured the hearts and minds of Americans of all ages when she launched her Olympic comeback as a new mother at the age of forty-one—years after she had retired from competitive swimming and eight years since her last Olympics. When she took three silver medals in Beijing—including a heartbreaking .01-second finish behind the gold medalist in the women’s 50-meter freestyle—America loved her all the more for her astonishing achievement and her good-natured acceptance of the results.
Now, in Age Is Just a Number, Dara reveals how the dream of an Olympic comeback first came to her—when she was months into her first, hard-won pregnancy. With humor and candor, Dara recounts how she returned to serious training—while still nursing her infant daughter.
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