Age Is Just A Number

Age Is Just A Number

Achieve your Dreams at Any Stage in your Life

Book - 2009
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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.
Publisher: New York : Broadway Books, c2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780767931908
Branch Call Number: 797.21 T636a
Characteristics: 227 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Weil, Elizabeth


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Dec 02, 2016

As a former competitive swimmer and reader of a certain age I was looking forward to this book as a resource to finding ways to best maximize my fitness. Barring very limited information about Torres's training there is nothing like that in this book. It is a memoir. Inspirational for what Torres achieved, but not helpful for women who are looking to stay in shape in the same way.

Agent13 Jun 26, 2012

For readers of a certain generation such as myself, Ms. Torres' message of going for your goals, even at an advanced stage in your life, resonates. However, other than mentioning this theme within the first 10 pages and devoting two (still noteworthy) chapters to this, the rest of the book is filled, to me, with filler. While I can appreciate Ms. Torres' swimming skills (I even picked up a pointer or two), other parts of the book struck me as being elitist and having a sense of entitlement. It detracted from what I thought was its central message.

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