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Age Is Just a Number by Dara Torres
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Jun 18, 2009

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Being in the over 40 crowd and a lover of swimming, it is easy to be drawn to a finely tuned athlete like Dara. Yes she did have a life of privilege and seemed to walk onto sunny pool decks of elite swimming clubs with ease. But one cannot determined the life they are born into. They can only exceed in and with the gifts they are given. Dara does this with determination and a never-failing competative spirit. I enjoyed reading this memoir (not a how-to book) as it gave us Dara's view on the journey many avid swim fans have already seen, such as the 50 meter sprint to the 4 X 100 meter medley turnaround in the 2008 Olympics. It was joyful and painfully intense to know the inner thoughts (both physical and emotional) of a most disciplined athlete, and all at the parental plate-spinning age of 41.

Missing gold by a hundredth of a second? Yeah, it's a bummer, Dara. But think of the hundred thousand 40 somethings who watched you touch the wall and say "amazing!" It was more than enough for those you inspire.
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