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Connector of the day: Dara Torres

October 1st, 2009
08:54 PM ET

On the day that the host City for the Olympic Games in 2016 is announced our Connector of the Day is an Olympian par excellence.

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/10/01/dara.torres.art.jpg caption="Dara Torres doing what she does best."]

Dara Torres has already won 12 medals and is hungrily eyeing up more at the London Games in 2012.

These facts alone mark Torres out as a remarkable woman, but what most people seem to find extraordinary is the fact that she is continuing to smash swimming records even though she is well into her forties.

Born in Los Angeles, her striking looks and easy manner have resulted in her being offered opportunities away from swimming in the world of TV and modelling.

An inspiration to men and women of any age let us know what you would like to ask her. We'd also like to hear what you think about the Olympics generally.

soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. runphas7

    In general, I think the Olympics is one of the worlds' greatest sporting events. As a youth, when Physical Education was important in the schools, I often dreamed of participating in the Olympics, to me there is no greater honor than representing your country at the Olympics. Competing, meeting people, traveling to other countries, what a great trade off for years of training to be the best. Whether you bring home the gold or not, the memories of being a part of the Olympics is priceless.

    I would ask Miss Torres, "how does she do it at her age?" Is her training harder now that she is older, how does her body recover now that she is in her forties and does she fear the young swimmers. Finally, I would ask her about those funny looking new swim suits do they REALLY improve your time?

    October 1, 2009 at 9:56 pm | Reply
  2. Enrique TORRES

    What has been your most proud moment of your life thus far? (Swimming AND non-swimming related). How are you balancing your success with family?

    October 1, 2009 at 10:13 pm | Reply
  3. Muthyavan.

    Olympics is the greatest games in the world, which promotes a healthy and friendly atmosphere among humans and nations. From the time world nations started this international get together of the best stronger and fastest payers from all countries, a new society of disciplined games have come to life.

    As one of the fastest leading swimmer in the world I want to know from Dara Torres what is her personnel ambition in life after winning all these records and what made in her career to choose swimming.

    October 1, 2009 at 10:29 pm | Reply
  4. Lilia

    First I'd like to tell you that your achievement is not only admired by U.S. citizens, I am a Mexican National and had a truly emotional experience learning about your story and seeing you compete in Beijing.

    My question is, what motivates you?

    I wish you the best on your quest for 2012 and you will have a fan rooting for you in Mexico because more than an American, you are an outstanding woman who has shown us all youth is not all that is needed to compete and win.

    Lilia – Mexico

    October 1, 2009 at 11:47 pm | Reply
  5. Philllip

    Few people in this world reach your level of excellence, not just in sports but in every day life situations and professional environments.
    My question to you would be, what helped structure your discipline and grit so as to reach the level you have reached... was it family upbringing? a special mentor? what? Most humans have the same two legs, two arms ... so it is very interesting to see certain individuals like yourself reach a climax of such caliber. You are good at what you do, what structured you as a person to be able to reach that goal?
    take care, reach your goles, and lastly...be humble.

    October 2, 2009 at 2:01 am | Reply
  6. Ezedinma

    The olympic has played a vital role in uniting the world and am glad we have it. But i still hope they hold on to the values of fastest strongest and highest. I want to ask torres whether she will be physically fit in 3 years time bearing in mind her age now and what advice she has for us that has given up on swimming that we still love passionately.

    October 2, 2009 at 2:29 pm | Reply
  7. Bea

    For me, Olympics is the world's most greatest sporting event. It's a great opportunity for the people who loves different talents in sports. They can just travel around the world without any cost. It's enjoyable and needs more effort to do the best. It's not easy to compete other players especially the gold medallist. But in sports, never lost hope. As long as you survives, keeping faith is the most important role. We need to be strong and focus to do the right thing. Do it passionately with prayer. it's a great honor for you and to the whole world.

    October 2, 2009 at 4:08 pm | Reply
  8. BaffaMustapha

    obviously,you have win a lot of Medals for yourself and of course for your loving country.
    I want to know how you feel each and every time your name or countries flag is raised.

    BaffaMustapha-Nigeria.

    October 2, 2009 at 4:35 pm | Reply
  9. Ketan Tirodkar

    Remember Nadia, the athlete who retired at the age of 18 after having won a series og gold medals in the Olympics. It has been the trend among the swimmers and the athlets to start early in the teenage and retire early too before attaining adulthood.
    The case of Dara Torres is distinct in the history of the sports world; as she has continued to be sporting the same charm and building more stamina with growing age.
    Long live Dara.

    October 2, 2009 at 4:43 pm | Reply
  10. Jenet Raynold

    Hasn't anybody noticed that the "summer olympics" in Rio DeJanerio will be in the middle of their winter. Wonder what the temperature will be for all those outdoor events???

    October 2, 2009 at 5:11 pm | Reply
  11. Emilia

    Hi Dara we met in the hotel in Rome and I would like to ask you as an aspiring olympian is swimming 5000 m a night 6 times a week too much or too little for a 12 year old to be doing ?
    I always will admire you and it has been an honor to meet you
    thanks,
    Emilia

    October 2, 2009 at 8:17 pm | Reply

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