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43-year-old Dara Torres is training for 2012 Olympics

September 10, 2010 |  9:12 am


Dara Torres' fountain of youth is more like a pool.

The 43-year-old, who at Beijing in 2008 became the first U.S. swimmer to compete in five Olympics, hopes to make her sixth appearance at the London Games in 2012.

Torres started swimming five weeks ago after recently having reconstructive knee surgery. She said her "heart and head are like, 'Yeah, let's go for it.'"

Competing against athletes half her age, she won three silver medals in Beijing at age 41.

-- Melissa Rohlin

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Photo: Dara Torres. Credit: Jason Merritt / Getty Images.