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.
by Linda Lael Miller
by Dara Horn
by Adolfo Torres
by Dayanara Torres
by Meg Wolitzer
by Aja Gabel
by Sarah Addison Allen
by Jennifer Close
by Koren Zailckas
by Rob Thomas, Jennifer Graham
by Trudy Nan Boyce
by Debbie Macomber
"Torres's memoir builds skillfully toward her win of three Olympic swimming medals at the age of 41. This satisfying work has something for everyone--an athlete's obsession with physiology and winning, a woman's hunger for approval and love, a bulimia recovery story, and the joys of becoming a late-life mother and devoted friend to countless coaches and mentors. The strong writing unfolds every anecdote so beautifully that even the less-flattering threads sound noble and uplifting. Actress Rebecca Lowman captures every bit of the poignancy and depth of Torres's remarkable journey. Her appealing phrasing is intense but never self-conscious. The work itself and Lowman's narration will help both athletes and couch potatoes think more deeply about their own midlife challenges. T.W. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award (c) AudioFile 2009, Portland, Maine"
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