Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the world’s only daily column that is really inspired by the U.S. Olympic swimming trials.
We have recently been glued to our TV set watching all the outstanding athletes in Olympic Trials, Wimbledon and, now that the Tour de France has started, we’ll have another few weeks of entertainment and inspiration.
We have always loved watching sports just as much as participating in them and since we will never likely reach that level of competition, we figure we’ll root for our home country.
There is one particular athlete and event that stuck out this week at the U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials in Omaha, Nebraska. That athlete was Dara Torres, who qualified for her fifth Olympic team in the 100 meter freestyle. But that isn’t even the spectacular part, nor is the fact that she qualified with a lifetime best time of 53:78.
The amazing part is that she did all of this at the age of 41.
We definitely don’t think that 41 is old, but Torres has been qualifying for the Olympics since she was 15 years old and swam her personal best time 26 years later, beating out a bunch of teenagers and twenty-something women for a spot on the Beijing Olympic team.
We watched her record-setting swim last night and can’t get over the amazement. We are not even that amazed by her age, but by the fact that she has been swimming for so long at such an elite level.
This all makes us anticipate watching the Olympics even more. We can’t wait until August 8, 2008 at 8:08 p.m. when they finally start. We have to admit, our work may suffer since we will be even more glued to the TV than we were for trials.
Though there has been some controversy surrounding this years Olympics, we hope with swims like Dara Torres’s 100 freestyle, people can forget the petty things and remember that the Olympics are all about the athletes and their amazing accomplishments.
We out, watching Federer and Nadal battle it out at Wimbledon.
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