NAME: Dara Torres

SPORT: Swimming

EVENT: 50m, 100m FR, 4x100m FR, 100m FL, 4x100m IM


BIRTHPLACE: Beverly Hills, Calif.

HOMETOWN: Parkland, Fla.

SCHOOL: University of Florida

OLYMPIC EXPERIENCE: 1984, 1988, 1992, 2000, 2008

OLYMPIC MEDALS: 1984 (gold), 1988 (silver, bronze), 1992 (gold), 2000 (2-gold, 3-bronze), 2008 (3-silver)


PERSONAL NOTES: Dara is known to have the longest successful career of any Olympic swimmer with her 12 Olympic medals and four gold medals.

First American to swim in five Olympics Games...most decorated female athlete at the 2000 Olympic Games with five medals...oldest U.S. swimming gold medalist in history...former world record holder in 50m onto the swimming scene by coming out of retirement in July of 1999 after seven years away from the sport.