Huge props to swimmer Dara Torres, who yesterday came up short (just nine-hundredths of a second short!) in her bid to qualify for her 6th Olympic Games. I was at the gym, dawdling a bit and not really feeling it, when I glanced up at the TV and happened to catch her gutsy effort.
Torres said she had the same nervous anticipation before her last race as she did at her first U.S. trials in 1984, when she earned a spot in the Los Angeles Games. She had no illusions about being a serious medal contender in London, but she wanted to end her career with one more trip to the Olympics.
“Being 45, getting fourth in Olympic trials against girls almost half my age, it’s OK,” Torres said. “I’m used to winning, but that wasn’t the goal here. The goal was to try to make it. I didn’t quite do it, but I’m really happy with how I did. I was able to hang in there.”
Let’s just say she inspired me to push a little harder 😛 Torres has a 6-year-old daughter who was watching from the stands. She promised to take her little one to London anyway.
And more props to Anderson Cooper for his understated, elegant, yet powerful announcement yesterday. I get all the “No duh!” comments, but I still think it was awesome of him to address it. I’ll let him sum up why:
I’ve also been reminded recently that while as a society we are moving toward greater inclusion and equality for all people, the tide of history only advances when people make themselves fully visible. There continue to be far too many incidences of bullying of young people, as well as discrimination and violence against people of all ages, based on their sexual orientation, and I believe there is value in making clear where I stand.
The fact is, I’m gay, always have been, always will be, and I couldn’t be any more happy, comfortable with myself, and proud.
What’s up with you today? Anyone you want to give props to?