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
DP: What about
DT: That might be
difficult. I'd probably need CPR.
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?