Dara Torres

by Kayla from Eden Prairie

A drawing of dara swimming freestyle (I drew this picture)
A drawing of dara swimming freestyle (I drew this picture)

My hero is a very dedicated Olympic swimmer named Dara Torres. She has loved swimming ever since she was young. She was born April 15th, 1967. She was 14 when she swam her first Olympic race, now she is a 41 year old mother who is still swimming her heart out in Olympic races! She is motivated, risky, and brave. She was the first woman to swim in five Olympics!! She was also the oldest woman to win an Olympic medal! She has one child who she loves her to death.

Dara and her daughter Tessa (
Dara and her daughter Tessa (

Dara was swimming great at the 2000 Olympics, but then she decided to retire and raise a child! Everyone was amazed at her decision. But that didn't stop Dara. Three weeks after having her child she decided to go swim in the Masters Finals swim meet! She dove right back into her swimming as though she never stopped.

Dara swam in the 2008 Beijing Olympics at the age of 40! She is still a mother raising a child. She won three gold medals at the 2008 Olympics. She is truly an amazing athlete who is very dedicated to swimming, and is a loving caring mother. Did I mention that she is a motivational speaker?

It's true she is a motivational speaker! She speaks all over, inspiring people to follow their dreams. One of my favorite quotes of hers is "Never put an age limit on your dream." It means no matter how old you are you can always follow your dream. You can always accomplish something when you put your mind to it.

Dara inspires me because now I know it doesn't matter how old you are, you can always follow your dream. She is a loving mother who swam in the Olympics at the age of 40! That should say it all right there. I hope you enjoyed reading about Dara Torres as much as I enjoyed writing about her!

Page created on 2/1/2010 12:00:00 AM

Last edited 2/1/2010 12:00:00 AM

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