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Olympic swimmer Dara Torres to speak at YMCA breakfast

Five-time Olympic swimmer Dara Torres moved to Parkland in August. So it was a short trip to the Boca YMCA Tuesday morning.

The 12-time medalist got her start at the Y in Beverly Hills, Calif., she said. Looking fit and years younger than 51, Torres will tell her story at the 17th annual Inspiration Breakfast.  The biggest fundraiser for the YMCA of South Palm Beach County.  The breakfast is from7:30 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 6 at Office Depot Global Headquarters in Boca.

Torres made a comeback as the oldest swimmer to compete in the Olympics for Team USA in 2008. She missed the gold by 1/100th of a second and took three silver medals home.  “I retired from the sport and thought I was done, but I got the itch to do it again,” she said in a press conference at the Peter Blum Family YMCA.

Torres was “scared to death” at her first nationals at age 12 in Fort Lauderdale, she said. That was her stepping stone to competition.

“I look back at my career and it’s not the accolades: It’s the road that took me to the top,” said the University of Florida grad.

Dara Torres
Five-time Olympic swimmer Dara Torres.

Today Torres is a motivational speaker, a two-time author, fitness advocate and an analyst for “We Need to Talk” on CBS Sports Network. She’s married and has a seventh-grader at the Saint Andrews School.

Breakfast proceeds will go to Y’s water safety and drowning prevention initiatives said president/CEO Jason Hagensick. The program was held in 99 community pools in Palm Beach County last year.  Also at the pre-event was breakfast chair Rosie Inguanzo-Martin, CEO/president of Allegiance Home Health & Rehab.

For breakfast tables sponsors and to sponsor a meet and greet with Torres, go to the YMCA Palm Beach County events site or call 561-300-3238.  Individual tickets will go on sale Feb. 25.

By Marci Shatzman




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