At the Beijing Games in 2008, Torres became the oldest swimmer to compete in the Olympics. In total, Torres has competed in five Olympic Games. Her performance in Beijing has inspired many older athletes to consider re-entering competition. Despite undergoing knee surgery in 2009, Torres says she will try for the 2012 London Olympics.
In addition to her accomplishments in the pool, Torres is a commentator and author. In 2009, Torres won the ESPY award for “Best Comeback” and was named one of the “Top Female Athletes of the Decade” by Sports Illustrated.
“Dara’s accomplishments are tremendously inspirational to everyone who’s ever felt like the odds were stacked against them,” said Craig Curran, Dscoop7 chairman and vice president of sales at Nosco. “This is a common theme in both sports and business, and I believe Dscoop members will be able to relate to her story in a meaningful way. She will be sharing the importance of never giving up on your dream and how to achieve them at any stage in your life.”
“Based on the phenomenal speakers we’ve been able to secure, we are tracking ahead in number of registrations and all indications are that we will sell out very early this year,” said Eric Hawkinson, global executive director of Dscoop. “We’re incorporating many new offerings for Dscoop7 this year, and I’m proud that we’re providing tools and education to attendees that they cannot get anywhere else.”
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