Dara Torres, 45, leaves the pool following her second place finish in the women's 50M Freestyle semifinal on day seven of the 2012 US Olympic Team Trials on July 1, 2012 in Omaha, Nebraska, which was won by Jessica Hardy. AFP PHOTO/Frederic J. BROWNFREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/GettyImages

Olympic Champion Dara Torres Chats with CelebMix

If you keep up with the Olympic games, Dara Torres is definitely a name you’re familiar with.  Dara absolutely stole the show at the 1984 Summer Games as she won a gold medal at age 17 as part of the freestyle relay team.  She continued to compete and win during five other Olympic games and she’s one of only a few to hold that honor.

Dara won’t be swimming during the 2016 Olympic Games but she is attending as a mentor for a round of Olympians who are competing for the first time, and as someone who’s experienced the Olympics from a multitude of angles, she’s a perfect fit for the job.

Along with her tips on what Olympic swimmers can do in the water to ensure that they compete to the best of their abilities, Dara will also motivate the athletes to be strong during their first Olympic Games, something quite intimidating, and to stay determined, motivated, and humble through the experience.

We got to ask Dara some questions about what we could look forward to during the Olympics this summer, what she enjoys most about mentoring, and what she expects from Team USA in the water.

Dara’s passion for swimming is still evident as she talks about the sport and also the Olympic games, she’s living proof that once you’re an athlete competitively, there’s always part of that in your blood.  That drive is what made her a perfect mentor in 2016 and we’re sure this won’t be the last time she gives her encouragement to young swimmers who dream of winning a medal for Team USA.

Written by Ashley

Writer, coffee drinker, mother.