Age Is Just a Number: Achieve Your Dreams at Any Stage in Your Life

Age Is Just a Number: Achieve Your Dreams at Any Stage in Your Life

by Dara Torres, Elizabeth Weil
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KristinZ More than 1 year ago
I was a swimmer for many years and I had posters of swimmers on my bedroom walls.and they included Dara Torres. She was a role model to me as kid swimming my heart out to get a college scholarship and she continues to be one now that I am past my prime (well, in retirement I should say.never past my prime, eh?) I got goose bumps watching her in Beijing just as I did watching her in person at the 92 Trials in Indy (I later competed in the same pool).. She is an amazing athlete. I can relate to her on many levels and reading her story, in her own words, brought it to a much different level. I am in training for my first half marathon and let me tell you, after reading her book, I KNOW this is something I can accomplish, as long as I believe in myself. She talks about the stigma behind an "old" athlete is not a limitation of your own body, but a fear or even ignorance in society telling one they are too old to do something. You do NOT have to have been a swimmer (or even an athlete) to relate and gain something from her story. She writes with emotion and honesty and I admire her immensely. Read this book and have a new perspective on things, especially on never letting go of a dream, it's never too late and you're never too old. DARA 2012!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A wonderfully written and intimate look at a very personal journey. So incredible to see it from the inside out. Dara is shocking and remarkable in her discipline and drive. Highly recommended reading.
Dr_Wilson_Trivino More than 1 year ago
"Just swim", that is all that Dara focuses on when she is in a competition. On her final book tour stop on April 29 at the Carter Presidential Library, Dara shared her thoughts about her latest book, Age is Just a Number. An accomplished Olympic athlete, Dara has surpassed her colleagues by winning an Olympic metal in her forties at the 2008 Olympics in China. She was prompted to write the book because so many folks asked her about one. When questioned on how she came up with the title, she spoke of how every time she was mentioned in the media, her age would be referenced. However, Dara felt that in the water she was ageless. She felt she could reach out to her contemporaries and let them know that regardless of age you can still go for it. However, she has been surprised by how she has really connected with younger girls. The audience was filled with young aspiring athletes and one small girl got so nervous misspoke and asked her "what it takes to become a great singer", invocating a roaring laugh from the audience. Dara without missing a beat went into that "you need to find your passion; hers is swimming and set big goals..even though it can be tough to wake up at four in the morning to work on her craft." A mother of a three year old, Dara used the book to share the ups and downs of her life and the challenges she had dealing with her father, anorexia, and staying competitive in a world that youth is a virtue. No secret to success, just do it.
DawnZH More than 1 year ago
Dara gives us an interesting, insightful and inspiring glimpse into the world of competitive swimming, or any competive sport, for that matter. Nothing is what it appears to those of us merely observing. There is much in the way of blood, sweat and tears that takes place behind the scenes. To say that passion and commitment are required is an understatement. The inspiring part is that Dara, at age 41, was able to compete and win in the Olympics against women less than half her age! A positive, encouraging and pleasant read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dara Torres rocks! A great "hard to put down" story with all of the highs and lows. Also, this book has some really good advice for every female athlete over 40, even if you are not going for gold in the Olympics.
Louise09 More than 1 year ago
Dara Torres does a splendid job of blending honesty, relentless courage and perseverance. At times she is ruthlessly honest with herself and does not hesitate to share that honesty with the reader. Her life-long personal discipline shines through her moments of triumph as well as her times of doubt and near depression. She takes us on a journey to the top with her as her competition changes from 'against others' to just competing against herself. It is a win-win book that I would encourage others to read. We will not all become Olympic champions, but we can all continue to grow and to do irregardless of our age. I boutht the book becaquse one of the things I share with those around me is "age is just a number". When I saw the title of Torres' book, I just HAD to read it. I'm glad I did and now others are reading it as I pass it around to my friends and co-workers. It's a great conversation piece.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As a former competitive swimmer and now masters swimmer who has followed Dara Torres for most of her competitive career, it was a great read. As someone who may have just learned who she is, I think it is a great read as well. She is a huge inspiration to anyone, in any sport, that wants to get out there and just do it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a biography of Dara Torres. In my class, we are doing this project where we have to read a biography, then dress up as the person you read about and talk about them. I'm a swimmer with an Olympic dream, so this book will be perfect! GET THE SAMPLE FIRST.
L.A.Carlson-writer More than 1 year ago
Mixed feelings. Having watched Torres numerous times I'm a fan; her spirit and attitude are rather intoxicating. This book is a memoir about her life and aside from offering explanations about what a competitive swimmer must go through there isn't much in the way of inspiration for others. It's rather puzzling that the writing is not more focused especially since a writer is listed on the cover. I found information repeated. The most surprising is Torres had a serious eating disorder, she's been married more than once and her father was never particularly supportive of her swimming. There are pictures to accompany her story. Like any other sport there's surface politeness but athletes want to win and this sport is no different. I was expecting a more confident woman; it sounds as though it might be difficult to be friends with her because she is so competitive. I hope she's able to move past her amazing accomplishments in the pool; still continues to like being in the pool and be proud regardless of what she does next since she did not make into her 6th Olympics.
triathleteVA More than 1 year ago
The book provides a great history of swimming over almost 30 years by a top female swimmer. It covers all the details of training, competition, personalities, etc. associted with elite swimming. It very nicely weaves in the presonal aspects of life that occur along the way and provides an inspiration for athletes that are getting older and dealing with physical and mental challenges of getting slower.
Famos More than 1 year ago
This has to be one of the most inspiring books I have read. Dana lets everyone know that it does not matter the age, but it is about the heart and determination to go after what you believe in. It will challenge you to get off the sofa and go do what has been sitting in the back of your mind! Dana lets us know we can do anything and everything we put our minds to!
GailCooke More than 1 year ago
"Older" is not a popular description in our society, but Dara Torres has turned that idea upside down, inside out and every which way with her inspiring story, "Age Is Just A Number." Sports enthusiasms well know who she is - Torres is the Olympic Gold Medalist who restarted her career at the unheard of age of 41. Not only was she older but she was a new mother and her father was fighting cancer. Eight years prior to this comeback she had retired, thinking that was the end of her swimming career. Not so! We hear, "I've been old before. I was old when I was 27 and I got divorced. I was old when I was 35 and I couldn't get pregnant. I was really old when I was 39 and my father died. But when I was 41 and I woke up in a dorm in the Olympic Village in Beijing, I didn't feel old. I felt merely-and, yes, happily-middle-aged. "The water doesn't know how old you are," How right she is! Water does not know how old we are nor does the Earth nor do other people. For us, the problem is that we know and we gauge our attractiveness and abilities by the calendar. Torres will change minds regarding those assumptions as she candidly discusses doubts, believing in ourselves, perseverance, and really believing we can achieve whatever goals we set for ourselves. If you want to hear a really upbeat true story with lots of good advice, give a listen as narrator Rebecca Lowman tells us just how it can be done. Winner of the 2006 Boston Film Festival and an accomplished actress, Lowman delivers a distinct, listenable reading of one woman's inspiring story. - Gail Cooke
MandyTX More than 1 year ago
I just loved reading about her comeback(s). She is an amazing woman!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Reading about Dara's life is definitely a roller coaster of emotions. As she points out, there is always something good to counter what is bad. The birth of Tessa followed by the death of her father. Making Beijing, followed by her coach Michael Lohberg, becoming extremely ill. This is the yin and the yang that makes up Dara Torres. She speaks openly about her first marriage to an abusive husband and her attempts to keep peace. Her struggles with infertility as she watched her brothers and sister have kids. And her most triumphant moment when Tessa was placed on her chest for the first time after giving birth. These are just a few of the moments she relates to her fans that make you realize that she's not always Wonder Woman in a Speedo. She also talks of her fears of letting so many down as her story became bigger than life and much more important than she herself anticipated. Dara didn't set out to be a superhero to middle-aged America. But, once she accepted her new role, she embraced it. Throughout her struggles and triumphs she remained focused on her one goal of winning and wanting nothing less. Her ability to handle adversity and still come out on top is what makes this woman so amazing. And throughout it all keeping her sense of humor whether it be discussing her giant swimsuit while pregnant or walking in on the guy in the bathroom while in a rush to get ready for her race in Beijing. The title of 'role model' is used loosely in America but if you were to choose one role model to follow, especially for your daughters to follow, it's Dara Torres. Do yourself and your teenage daughters a favor and make "Age is Just a Number" mandatory reading.
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DonnaES More than 1 year ago
As an amateur endurance athlete I found this so interesting and uplifting. It was enlightening to learn what the swimmers go thru. It just verifies how crazy we all are but wouldn't have it any other way!!
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