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May 3rd, 2009
10:48 AM ET

Why Dara Torres Won't Quit

From CNN Segment Producer Elberta McKnight:

I’ve been in the news business for more than 20 years. During that time, I’ve worked with few people as gifted as TJ Holmes when it comes to interviews. He’s amazing to watch. At some point, he gets into a zone and completely connects with the person he’s talking with: They forget cameras are rolling and a genuine conversation always unfolds. Dara Torres was no exception. The champion Olympic swimmer walked into CNN Center wearing a mini skirt, flip flops and a huge smile … and answered every question TJ posed to her. Some of them were pretty tough: TJ asked her what she did wrong in her two failed marriages, how she dealt with the loss of her beloved father and how she got over bulimia.

This is a woman who has made a career out of defying all odds. From afar, her life may seem carefree, even easy. But that’s just not the case. If you have a moment, please listen to this excerpt from the interview posted below. There’s a message in her answer for all us – regardless of the challenge:

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