Swimmer Dara Torres Falls Short Of Making Sixth Olympic Team

Tue, July 3, 2012 10:11am EST by 7 Comments

The highly decorated swimmer narrowly missed her chance to make a record sixth U.S. swim team for the 2012 Olympics — we’re so sad! We were really pulling for her!

Dara Torres, 45, fell short only nine hundredths of a second in the 50-meter freestyle race landing herself in 4th place in the July 2 Olympic trials.

Dara has competed in five Olympic games and has earned 12 medals throughout her olympic career, tying her with Jenny Thompson as the most decorated female U.S. swimmer.

But Dara took her loss like a true champion and stayed positive. “This is really over,” Dara said. “That’s it, I’m going to enjoy some time with my daughter, have a nice summer and cheer on the U.S. team from afar.”

The 45-year-old mom has much to be proud of including being the first woman over the age of 40 to swim in the Olympics. “I don’t think there’s anything I could have changed,” Torres said. “You’ve got to look at it realistically. As much as I want to win and I wanted to make the team, that’s pretty good for a 45-year-old.”

Despite her loss, Dara has had an amazing Olympic career and we’re so proud of her!

Click here to watch the video of Dara’s race!

— Jenny Pickard

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