Torres Didn't Lose Gold

A few Olympics back there was a promotional theme that expressed the sentiment that you don't win Silver, you lose Gold. At first, I liked it. Yeah! Go for the Gold! Don't settle for second best! USA! USA! USA!

I was an idiot.

When you finish second in the Olympics you have just done something better than anyone else in the world can do, with one exception. In the case of Dara Torres the slimmest margin of all, 1/100th of a second was the difference between gold and silver in the 50-meter freestyle. Florida's 41-old year alumnae par excellence also won her second relay silver medal about 20 minutes later to bring her phenomenal Olympic career total to a dozen medals. Torres has four gold medals – all in relays – five silvers and three bronze. Her total is twice that of the great Gator men's swimmer, Ryan Lochte.

One would assume that this is the end of Torres. Shoot, we thought she was finished eight years ago when she brought home a gold and bronze from Sydney at age 33. I wouldn't assume anything just yet. This lady loves to compete and still wants that individual gold. For all we know she may want to keep going until her and daughter Tessa can team up on a relay.

No matter what the future brings, Dara Torres will know she did something amazing and remarkable and has great video evidence to watch with Tessa when she can understand.

Michael Phelps is the star of these Olympics, but Dara Torres should carry the flag at the closing ceremonies.

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