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44 Year Old Dara Torres Could Become The Oldest Olympic Swimmer (VIDEO)

First Posted: 10/21/11 05:50 PM ET Updated: 11/23/11 01:57 PM ET

When you've got it, you've got it at any age.

Dara Torres, 44, has won 12 Olympic Medals and is not stopping there. She hopes to compete in one final Olympic Games and at 45 become the oldest ever Olympic swimmer (already the oldest swimmer on a US team).

This mom and best-selling author is not just in it for the medals. You can see in the video above, that her physical refinement and mental alacrity reveal not only her conditioning but also her true love of the sport. Despite her resilience she will have to surpass athletes half her age in the 2012 London Olympic Games.

True, she has over three decades of olympic training under her belt, starting with her first win in the 1984 Summer Olympics and a world-class fitness regimen, but that means more wear and tear on her body, especially her shoulders and knees. In 2009 she underwent major reconstructive surgery on her knee after garnering three silver medals in the 2008 Olympics.

She admits that with each year it becomes more physically challenging but remains optimistic. And, with slew of sponsorships lined up, she's not the only one predicting success.

Click here for an interview with Dara Torres and here for the secret to her abs.

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