Dara Torres‘ upset win in the 100-meter freestyle at the U.S. swim trials on Friday means the 41-year-old is Beijing-bound, where she’ll compete in the Olympic games for an unprecedented fifth time. While it’s a happy turn of events that left Dara herself feeling "shocked," the trip will nonetheless be "bittersweet," Dara said, for it means she’ll need to spend up to a month away from her 2-year-old daughter, Tessa Grace. Such a prolonged absence is something Dara said will be "real hard emotionally." Regardless of the distance between them, Tessa will no doubt serve as good motivation for Dara, as she did on Friday along with the memory of Dara’s late father. Said Dara after the race,
I started thinking about my father. He passed away 1 ½ years ago. I hadn’t told him I was making a comeback after I already started. I was thinking he was with me in that race. It kind of helped me at the end a bit. I was also thinking about my daughter and my family that was in the stands.
Tessa is Dara’s daughter with partner David Hoffman.
Source: TSN; Photo Christinne Muschi/Reuters/Landov.