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The 41-year-old swimmer will compete in her fifth Olympics.
Dan Patrick: What brought you back?
Dara Torres: I went to a meet about three weeks after I gave birth to my daughter, and did O.K. Then about three months after giving birth I went to the Masters World Championships, and I had so many masters swimmers come up to me and say, It would be great to have a 40-year-old in the Olympics. Then my head started spinning. And here I am. DP: Nine months pregnant, do you think you could still beat me in the 50 meter?
DT:Oh, not even a doubt.
DP: What about 100 meters?
DT: That might be difficult. I'd probably need CPR.
DP: You're fourth-best in the world at age 41, and the mother of a two-year-old. Why shouldn't I question that?
DT: Nowadays any athlete does anything out of the ordinary and right away it's, Oh, they must be doping. I knew that was going to happen, so I took a proactive approach and spoke to the head of USADA, which is the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, and said, "Is there any other test you can do to prove that I'm clean?" If I was taking something, do you think I would go to USADA and ask to be tested, not knowing what kind of tests they're going to be doing?
DP: If you went against Michael Phelps in the 50 meter, what's it look like?