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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (395 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dara Torres, Elizabeth Weil Narrator: Rebecca Lowman Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2009 ISBN: 9780739384060
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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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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stacy | 2/8/2014

    " Very interesting and inspiring. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie | 2/7/2014

    " Dana Torres is quite amazing! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andy Plonka | 1/31/2014

    " Torres is a driven person but it's nice to know even though you get older you can still be active and competitive in a sport generally given over to the younger set. Mind over matter and all that. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eileen | 1/29/2014

    " love Dara Torres, very inspiring "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Catherine | 1/20/2014

    " So, I had hoped to gain some insight into how she is able to do what she does in her 40s. Unfortunately for me, it appears to be genetics and the ability to train without working. Still amazing, particularly given her struggles with bulimia for so many years. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jana | 1/20/2014

    " I really loved the inspiration regarding her fitness....just one more way that over 40 makes life fabulous instead of frumpy. A great journal of life lessons at various stages and a perfect Olympic read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Valerie J K | 1/20/2014

    " Great book if you like swimming, which I do. Amazing what this 41-year-old mother accomplished in the Olympics. For someone with an A++ personality, she sure jumped around a lot; I would've preferred it a little more chronological, because when I go back to re-read a certain part, I have a hard time finding it. It is very motivating, and makes me want to run another marathon (it's been 5 years now). Overall a fascinating story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Colleen | 12/26/2013

    " Quick read and extremely motivational!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rita Campbell | 12/10/2013

    " this book is very inspirational "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sara | 11/30/2013

    " Loved this...grew up cheering for her in the Olympics, and now am cheering for her as a kick ass mom/swimmer combo. Good stuff! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristin | 11/23/2013

    " Completely inspiring!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle | 11/19/2013

    " Interesting insight into her journey as a swimmer, not very well written though. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 M | 11/14/2013

    " A little to repetitive and did not always flow well, but appreciated hearing about her experiences and triumphs. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wawan Setiawan | 7/11/2013

    " Dara Torres is right. Age (and weight for me) are just numbers. Inspiration for middle-aged people out there. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 6/21/2013

    " Very interesting reading about swimming and training since my son swims. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tara | 3/20/2013

    " She's amazing!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica | 3/19/2013

    " awesome! Very motivating. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Martha | 12/14/2012

    " This woman is fabulous! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica Jensen | 8/4/2012

    " The title sums it up nicely. What an inspirational book. I have a better perspective on what I can expect of myself when I reach her age - anything! Never quit. Never sale yourself short. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 KrisT | 5/27/2012

    " Dara was so fun to watch in the Olympics and this is her journey. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dawn | 2/9/2012

    " This book was fun to read. Not the most enlightening autobiography I've ever read but it was worth reading anyway. I liked how it moved from present to past throughout the book. It made it much more interesting to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steph | 6/20/2011

    " This woman is just amazing. I respected her immensely during the last Olympics, but reading this book has inspired me to keep reaching for my dreams and goals, and has confirmed something that I've known for a long time: It doesn't matter what year is on the calendar. I can do anything. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelley | 3/24/2011

    " I really enjoyed this book. It was good to hear Dara's experience from her perspective and it was motivating to get busy and get exercising. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Betsy | 5/23/2010

    " I love Dara Torres even more now. She's amazing and seems so real and down to earth. I really need her to compete in the 2012 Olympics! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steph | 1/21/2010

    " This woman is just amazing. I respected her immensely during the last Olympics, but reading this book has inspired me to keep reaching for my dreams and goals, and has confirmed something that I've known for a long time: It doesn't matter what year is on the calendar. I can do anything. "

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