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 41, 12 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 nursing her infant daughter and contending with her beloved father's long battle with cancer.
Dara talks frankly about diving back in for this comeback; about being an older athlete in a younger athlete's game; about competition, doubt, and belief; about working through pain and uncertainty; and finally about seizing the moment and, most important, never giving up. A truly self-made legend, her story will resonate with women of all ages and with anyone daring to entertain a seemingly impossible dream.
©2009 Dara Torres; (P)2009 Random House
This is a beautiful recording of a fantastic book. It is written to reflect a couple of decades of personal, physical amd philosophical challenges. An inspiring story that accurately reflects the title. It is also a historical reflection of the evolution of swimming. Enjoy!
I am not a swimmer but I love sports. As a runner I can appreciate the extreme conditioning and how it has to be part of your life. I'd heard of Dara but didn't realize just what she had accomplished. This was a very inspiring book and you don't need to be a swimmer or even an athlete to feel motivated.
I felt like I was right there with Dara when she talked about her Olympic experience. But I also like that when the other athletes got jealous and got her kicked of the team, she picked herself up and fought back and it made her stronger and faster.
If you are looking for a book that inspires you, I highly recommend this one.
I did not read the print version
When Dara helped a fellow competitor with her suit malfunction immediately before an Olympic race and asked the judges to postpone the start until she could put on a replacement suit.
Don't let others define your limits or deter you from pursuing your passions
It was great to hear all of the details of her life and the obstacles she had to overcome. The only suggestion would have been relating more to the reader on how the reader could take steps to improve themselves and really live the slogan "age is just a number". I think some readers will say that worked for Dara because she was always a phenomenal athlete and so won't relate as well.
I was hoping to get something from it, such as, that she overcame all odds to be where she is today. Don't get me wrong, what she has accomplished is amazing! I could do that too if I never had to work and could afford all the luxuries I desired. Age is just a number if you have the best of the best traveling with you and taking care of you at every turn.
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