17-year-old Janet Evans jumped into the pool at the Seoul Olympic games in ’88 to win three gold medals and set a new world record in the 400-meter freestyle event. A kid swimming fast. No one batted an eye. A few weeks ago, 41-year-old Dara Torres shocked the world by qualifying for the Beijing games and breaking an American record for the 50-meter freestyle along the way. A “middle-aged” mom in the Olympics? She must be doping. So she’s been undergoing random drug testing to prove she’s clean. Everyone seems to forget this makes her a five time Olympian with ten medals to her name, including four golds and a silver she just one the other night in the Women’s 4x100 meter Freestyle Relay. This weekend she’ll be doing it for 40+ year old women everywhere when she goes for an individual gold in the 50 meter Freestyle.
Written by Amy & Nancy Harrington
Originally for GetBack.com