Friday, September 26, 2014

Dara Torres to headline Boise Chamber dinner

On Tuesday, Oct. 7

     The Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce has announced that Olympic gold medalist swimmer Dara Torres will headline the Chamber’s 131st annual Gala Dinner on Tuesday, Oct. 7.

     Wood River Valley resident Torres competed in five Summer Olympic Games, becoming the first U.S. swimmer to do so. She was the oldest Olympic swimmer to compete, at 41. Torres won 12 Olympic medals, including four gold, four silver and four bronze.

     Torres began competing for her local YMCA swim team at 7 and entered her first international swim competition at 14.

     At the Beijing Olympic Games in 2008, Dara became the oldest swimmer to compete in the Olympics and earned three silver medals. She narrowly missed gold in the 50-meter freestyle race by 1/100th of a second. She came back to win the 50-meter freestyle at the U.S. Nationals in 2009.

     She was named one of the “Top Female Athletes of the Decade” by Sports Illustrated Magazine, won the 2009 ESPY award for “Best Comeback”, and was the first female athlete to be featured in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.

     Torres is the author of two books, including “Age is Just a Number: Achieve Your Dreams at Any Stage in Life,” and “Gold Medal Fitness: A Revolutionary 5-Week Program.”

     Registration for the Chamber’s gala is now open at

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