Age Is Just a Number: Achieve Your Dreams at Any Stage in Your Life

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Broadway Books, Mar 2, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 227 pages
From legendary Olympic gold medalist Dara Torres comes a motivational, inspirational memoir about staying fit, aging gracefully, and pursuing your dreams.

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 forty-one—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 athletes’ 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.

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User Review  - csayban - LibraryThing

Dara Torres is an inspiring athlete - of that there is no doubt. The trouble with Age Is Just A Number is that the book doesn't really capture that story. Instead, it is a memoir that spends too much ... Read full review

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I'm just now learning to swim (and I'm almost Dara Torres age), but I just really started comning into my inner athlete in the last five years. I loved Dara's story at the Olympics since I too was a ... Read full review


On Diving Back In
On Making a Comeback
On Making a Comeback Yet Again
On Motherhood and Other Forms of CrossTraining
On Losing My Father and Gaining a Coach
On Being an Older Athlete
On Competition
On Being a Younger Athlete
On Performing Under Pressure
1O On WorkingThrough Pain and Uncertainty
On Growing as an Athlete
On Not Giving Up

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DARA TORRES has set three world records and has brought home twelve Olympic medals, including four golds. She is the first American swimmer to have competed in five Olympics. She lives in Florida.

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