8/27/08

Dara Torres: Quogue's Olympic Champion

Dara Grace Torres is the amazing 41 year old U.S. swimmer who has won twelve Olympic medals (four gold, four silver, four bronze) across five Olympics: 1984, 1988, 1992, 2000, and 2008.

She competed in the Beijing Olympic Games in the 50 meter freestyle, 4×100 medley relay, and 4×100 freestyle relay and won the silver medal in all three of these events.

Torres, who was born in Beverly Hills, California, was the fifth of six children and older of two girls. Her Cuban American father, Eddie Torres, was a Havana Casino manager turned American real estate developer and casino magnate. Her mother, Marylu, is a former fashion model.

According to East End's The Independent, Torres and her siblings spent their childhood summers in Quogue, swimming at the Surf Club.

Links:
Torres Soars to Olympic Glory
Dara Torres is propelled by her father's memory
Swimmer Dara Torres' Olympic appearance is one for the ages

Chip Venues & Their History: Cuba
Dara Torres website
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