Olympic swimmer Dara Torres finds age is no obstacle

Wed Aug 19, 2009 8:01am EDT
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By Steve Ginsburg

NEW YORK Aug 19 (Reuters Life) - When it comes to late-night scavenging in the pantry, 12-time Olympic medalist Dara Torres insists she is like anyone else -- out for something sweet as a reward for the daily juggle of work, swimming and her family.

"I have big huge blocks of milk chocolate that I just love," the 42-year-old swimmer told Reuters in a recent interview at the Asphalt Green pool in Manhattan's Upper East Side.

"And I love making Rice Krispie treats. I'm not the super, super healthiest eater although my body might look otherwise. I try to eat somewhat healthy but I don't want to deprive myself of things that I like."

Torres, who has won medals in five different Olympics after making her Olympic comeback in Beijing last year aged 41, battled bulimia in the 1980s while attending the University of Florida but she says that problem "is way in the past."

"It's safe to say I have a pretty decent metabolism," she said. "I didn't when I was in college, when my body was changing, becoming a woman. It's just much different now.

"Because I had an eating disorder, I'd deprive myself of foods or overindulge in certain foods ... but now I feel if you want something to help that craving, just have a little bite."

Torres is considering a run at the 2012 Olympics in London.

In a sport where a 30-year-old is an elder statesman, Torres, who won three silver medals in Beijing, is an anomaly.   Continued...

<p>Dara Torres of the U.S. reacts to winning the women's 50m butterfly at the USA Swimming National Championships in Indianapolis, Indiana, July 11, 2009. REUTERS/Brent Smith</p>