Prime Time for Dara Torres:
The 2008 Games make Dara the first American swimmer to compete in five Olympic Games, as well as the oldest to qualify for the Games.
Background and Accomplishments:
Her swimming accomplishments prior to the 2008 Games include nine Olympic medals, starting with a gold at 17 when she was a member of the 4 x 100 freestyle relay in the 1984 Olympic Games.
Dara continued to excel in the sports and went to the 1988 and the 1992 Olympics.
She took a short break from swimming before returning to the sport in time for the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, where she happened to win five medals, the most of any woman athlete at those Games.
Outside of the Pool:
Dara started training again, partly to lose the baby weight she'd gained during pregnancy. She qualified for the 2008 United States Olympic Trails as a result of a Master's swim competition.
Although she surgery to remove a bone spur in her right shoulder, she went on to record personal bests in the 50 and 100 freestyles in the Trials and is on her way to Beijing.