TORRES Dara (1967) United States / Swimming
This American swimmer's story is a strange one. Twice Olympic champion with the American relay team in Sťoul in 1988 and in Barcelona four years later, she gave up swimming for seven years to concentrate on fashion parades and journalism before diving back into the pool for the games in Sydney.Present at the games since 1984, she beat the record for longevity in a sport in which those over the age of 25 are considered as old hands.Hear hard work during 1999 bore fruit. Not only did she glean several trials during the American championships, but she also won medals in Sydney. Third in the 50 and 100 m freestyle and also the 100 m butterfly, she won two team gold medals for the 4x100 and 4x200 m freestyle relays.