Who is Dara Torres?.....and why should you care
Dara Torres is an incredible Olympic athlete and she was mentioned the other day on the sphere.....I know the games are long gone but don't yawn and go back to sleep...read on, you may get something out of this.
I think she is more impressive than Phelps. Don't get me wrong, Phelps is no doubt the greatest Olympian ever but I'm not sure that he will be an Olympic medallist in 20 years time, like Dara Torres. Hey I might be wrong but it's probably unlikely.
" Don't let your age, get in the way of your dreams " I think is what she said.
I have been reading some comments from people who don't feel that she should have been there because of her age and experience. She should have made way for younger swimmers to have a chance since she has been an Olympian a few times before, they said.
EXCUSE ME....surely the team is picked from athletes with the fastest times at the trials. If that is true then she why should a slower swimmer get her spot...huh!
I love it that youngsters are intimidated by a 41 year old mother for a spot in the Olympic team...not withstanding the fact that she came "a click of a finger " close to winning a gold medal.
Youngsters whine too much, no of course I didn't mean YOU....set your goals, train harder than your coach says you should, create an unstoppable mindset, and be determined to win, but do not whine...rather get out of the pool and try your hand at the annual Poughkeepsie dung spitting contest.
Rumour has it that Phelps handed his goals for the Olympics to his coach some time before the Olympics....on the list " To win 8 gold medals at the 2008 Olympics". Now that's putting it on the line and going for it, and I doubt that stayed in bed when 'he did not feel like it" or missed a meal because he forgot to pack it, or didn't plan properly
Don't be a bad sport and whinge about losing a spot on the team to a 41 yr old mother who darn near won a gold medal, she absolutely deserves to be there.
All of us, me especially, can learn so much from this amazing woman. Dream big dreams, set massive goals, pick big targets to aim for don't let anything get in your way....especially that voice in your head that tells you you can't.
We can do anything we want want to, provided we are prepared to pay the price. There is always a price....but it's worth it. Look at it this way...it takes courage to get to where we want to go...if it didn't we would all be supermodels...well not me really.
and....in the (sort of) words of the incredible Dara Tores " Don't ever let your age get in the way of your dreams."