Photos: Your Favorite Summer Olympian
Recall the athletes who capture our imaginations every four years and let us know who is your favorite
- By Channing Holman, Kat J. McAlpine, Jeanie Riess, K. Annabelle Smith and Ayesha Venkataraman
- Smithsonian.com, August 01, 2012
(© Christian Liewig/For Picture/Corbis)
Dara Torres missed her sixth Olympic appearance by just nine-hundredths of a second during the July 2012 time trials. The 45-year-old U.S. freestyle swimmer competed in the 1984, 1988, 1992, 2000 and 2008 Olympic Games and brought home four gold, three silver and four bronze medals over the course of her career. Had she been heading to London with the 2012 U.S. team, she would have been the oldest female Olympic swimmer ever. Torres now plans to retire and spend more time with her young daughter. --KJM
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