Dara earned silver in all three of her races in Beijing, earning her 12 career medals beginning as a 17-year-old at the 1984 Olympics in her hometown of LA. Torres and swimmer Jenny Thompson are tied for most medals ever won by an American woman.
Dara Torres, 41, became the oldest swimming athlete to metal in Olympic history on Sunday. She has retired twice from swimming and has a 2-year-old daughter, but keeps coming back to the pool.
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