Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Beijing: Who to Watch

You’d have to be deaf and blind not to know that Michael Phelps is swimming for 8 golds this summer to add to his collection of 6 from Athens, making him the most decorated swimmer in Olympic history. Oh yeah, and he's only 23 years old. He is the greatest swimmer in the world right now and you won’t find anyone, of any nationality, that will refute that.

But did you know that there is a 41 year old woman swimming for 2 golds? One in the 50 meter freestyle and one in the 100 meter free? This will be her 5th Olympic games…and she skipped two of them! Her name is Dara Torres and she is approx. 20 years older than most of the women she is swimming against. She smoked everyone at the trials and has a good chance of bringing home the gold again, at least in the 50. Oh yeah, and did I mention she has a two year old daughter and competed in a meet 3 weeks after giving birth?.

Dara Torres is somebody to watch.

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