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Zoe Edelman

Olympic Legend Dara Torres Declares Swimming the "Funnest" Sport

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As a swimmer, it takes a lot to keep me out of the pool, especially on a warm June evening! But getting the chance to interview legendary swimmer Dara Torres is definitely a good excuse to stay out of the water.

Torres is a five-time Olympian and the winner of 12 Olympic medals (including four golds). At age 46, she nearly made the 2012 Olympic swim team but barely missed the qualifying time by 9/100s of a second. Today, she's still swimming and is encouraging kids to swim, too, as a leader of the SwimToday campaign. SwimToday launched in May and promotes swimming at the "funnest" sport.

In June, I spoke with Torres over Skype about what makes swimming so much fun, how she first got pumped about the sport, and why kids should learn to swim. And as a competitive swimmer myself, it was great talking about how stressful it can be not to do as well as you hoped and how to overcome adversity — in the pool and out of it.
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Michael Phelps Gets Back in the Pool

  • Olympics
  • Dante A. Ciampaglia
  • April 14, 2014, 3:06 PM

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When the 2012 Summer Olympics ended, swimmer Michael Phelps left London with four gold and two silver medals, giving him 18 golds and 22 total medals in his career. He also said his swimming days were over.

But Phelps' retirement lasted less than two years. In an interview with the Associated Press, Phelps' coach Bob Bowman said the swimmer would compete at the Arena Grand Prix, taking place April 24-26 in Mesa, Arizona. He's currently entered in three events: the 50- and 100-meter freestyle and 100-meter butterfly.
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Michael Phelps, Ryan Lochte… Michael Andrew?

  • The Arena
  • Allie Chinander
  • June 17, 2013, 5:08 PM

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It’s Sunday night and you’re 14 years old. You’re probably finishing homework or getting ready for the next day of school. But not Michael Andrew. On Sunday, June 9, the 14-year-old swimmer signed an endorsement deal with P2Life nutritional supplements.

The move makes him the youngest American swimmer to turn pro in the history of the sport. 
Wanjiku Gatheru

Who Will Rule the Pool: Phelps or Lochte?

Michael Phelps was crowned the king of the swimming world in 2008 after going eight-for-eight at the Beijing Olympics. These victories not only added to his previous gold medals for an unheard of 14, but made him the only athlete to reach the mark. With Phelps entering the London Olympics this summer we can only assume that the king will come forth to preserve his reign. But will he?

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Matthew Harrigan

10 Questions With...Amanda Beard

Every day, U.S. swimmer Amanda Beard spends hours in the sun training for next summer’s Olympic Games in London. That’s why the seven-time Olympic medalist teamed up with Serena Williams, David Wright, and Mia Hamm to engineer and test Mission Athletecare’s skincare products under the most extreme training conditions. A solid sunscreen helps these athletes burn their opponents without burning their skin, and now it’s available to everyone (Products on are 30% off when you use the discount code “SummerSun”). The hot summer sun is no match for Amanda, but our 10 questions will turn up the heat. Keep reading to see how she does.

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Download the New SI Kids 3D App Now!

Hold on to your seats! The SI Kids IN YOUR FACE 3D App is throwing you right into the action. You don’t have to be a sports fan to appreciate the exciting 3D photographs that jump out from your iPad. Based on the popular book, these 3D photos will truly make you feel like you’re part of the game. Get ready to catch a pass from Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning, block a shot with NBA star Carlos Boozer, and cruise down a mountain with Olympic snowboarders.


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Sarah Braunstein

USA Cleaning Up at the Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games

  • Olympics
  • Sarah Braunstein
  • August 18, 2010, 5:33 PM

The Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games are underway in Singapore and team USA is hauling in the hardware. Keep reading to hear about some of the highlights…

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