Photo: Dara Torres out of Olympics
12-time Olympic winning swimmer, Dara Torres failed to qualify for the 2016 London Olympics by nine-hundredths of a second in the 50-meter freestyle.
The 45-year-old swimmer last competed in Beijing in 2008 becoming the oldest swimmer to compete in the Olympics; she won three silver medals there. This would have been her 6th Olympic Games. Torres is tied with Jenny Thompson as the most decorated U.S. female swimmer.
After a 16 month hiatus, due to knee surgery, Torres qualified to go to the 2012 Olympic time trials at the Missouri Grand Prix, by swimming a time of 25.9 seconds in the 50-meter freestyle preliminaries. Torres had not swam competitively for close to two years and many were not sure she would be able to return.
“You can quote me. There is no more (after 2012). I’m done.” 49 year-old Olympic swimmer Dara Torres said after finding out she made the cut for the 2012 London games. Now she is officially done and the sport is better for having had her as a top competitor for many years.
Torres, when not in the pool, is also a sports commentator, motivational speaker and author, her second book ”Gold Medal Fitness: A Revolutionary 5-Week Program” was released in 2010.