Dara Torres Motivational Speech
In this video, record-breaking Olympic medalist and author, Dara Torres, talks about her journey to the Olympic Games. Once she decided to represent her country, she stopped at nothing. Even if she encountered people who thought she was too old, she used it as fire to motivate her through training. Nolan Ryan and Jack Nicklaus achieved no hitters and Masters in their 40s so why couldn't Dara? She used her age to her advantage which also proved to be to the advantage of the teenagers with whom she was training. Dara accepted her limitations on her body and trusted her coach to plan appropriately. It proved to be all about efficiency.
Dara Torres is arguably the fastest female swimmer in America. She entered her first international swimming competition at age 14 and competed in her first Olympic Games a few years later in 1984. At the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Dara became the oldest swimmer to compete in the Olympic Games. She took three silver medals home, including the heartbreaking 50-meter freestyle race where she missed the Gold by 1/100th of a second. America loved her for her astonishing achievements and composure in the face of defeat.
In her keynote speeches, Dara implores the audience to never give up their dreams. Adapt where needed, but never stop achieving and never stop dreaming.
Record Breaking Olympic Medalist and Author
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