Saturday, July 5, 2008

SOMEBODY BEATS NATALIE -- AND I'M THRILLED (UPDATED)

(Natalie Coughlin)

Last night they aired the sixth day of swimming trials for the upcoming summer Olympics. I got my chance to see Natalie Coughlin qualify in the 100 meter freestyle -- she came in second. But even better was the woman who beat her, Dara Torres: 41 years old, who has competed with honor in FOUR previous Olympics (1984, 1988, 1992, and 2000), who has retired from swimming twice, but came back to now qualify for an unprecedented fifth Olympic appearance -- becoming the oldest woman ever to compete in Olympic swimming.

I've seen Dara race at each of the previous years she came to the Olympics. I'm impressed as hell. (Maturity is SO HOT.) So, in addition to the requisite Natalie Coughlin pic above, I'm now including a photo of Dara. See ya'll in Beijing.

UPDATE ON 6 JULY 2008: Last night, Dara Torres set a new American records in the women's 50 meter qualifying swim. She's ON FIRE.

(Dara Torres, photo by Robert Maxwell)

5 comments:

kat said...

And here I thought it was physically impossible for a woman to have a "six-pack"....

Sue Katz said...

After a stressed out weekend (packing to move), I took time out to catch up with my favorite blogs, only to find this astounding photo. Wow, wow, wow.
Thanks for making my stolen moments of relaxation very exciting indeed.
Sue

Sue Katz said...

Oh, I just finished writing the previous comment when I watched Dara Tores not only win the 50M Freestyle, but set a new record! Whew.
Sue

Maggie Jochild said...

Yeah, a six pack plus -- all those interesting side muscles. On a mama's belly. She swims one hour solid plus 90 minutes of intensive resistance and cardio exercises every day to achieve that.

Sue, I go to your website as well no matter what, to see if there's some new juicy bit. Your posts always stretch my brain as well as make me laugh. Good luck on your transition. The death of parents is a release, eventually. Hang in there with the clean-up.

kat said...

jeezus......I go one pool length and have to rest before I start the journey back.....but then, I'm the wimpiest, flailing-est swimmer the world has ever seen....