July 13, 2011
WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB
Five-time Olympian Dara Torres is nursing a fractured toe today.
The ageless swimmer underwent x-rays on Wednesday afternoon to determine the extent of a toe injury suffered in her Parkland home on Tuesday night.
She alerted her 112,728 followers on Twitter moments after it happened.
“Cracked toe on corner of wall, good thing is at least it took 10 seconds for pain to set in, now I’m dying, and there’s nothing one can do,” Torres tweeted. “Toe definitely hurts. I think feet/toes aren’t the prettiest thing on a person, but mine is pretty ugly right now.”
Torres, 44, is no stranger to injuries. Since the end of 2008, she has had thumb surgery, three knee operations and shoulder procedure and surgery. She’s had more than 15 orthopedic surgeries.
Her SOFLO coach Bruno Darzi said Wednesday night Torres is “day by day now, we will see.”
Adding insult to injury, on her way back from her doctor’s office Torres got caught in a speed trap and got a speeding ticket.
Brazilians Will Learn Fate On July 20
The fate of four Brazilian swimmers including Olympic and world champion Cesar Cielo, will be determined on July 20 before the swimming competition begins at the 14th FINA World Aquatic
Championships in Shanghai, China.
The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) have expedited the hearing following the positive drug tests for Furosemide or Lasix, which is on the banned list as a drug-masking agent.
FINA, the sport’s international governing body, challenged the warning given to the four by the Brazilian Aquatic Confederation which led to the intervention by CAS.
The other swimmers are Nicholas dos Santos, Henrique Ribeiro Marques Barbosa amd Vinicus Waked.
Food Controversy At World Championships
With only two days until the opening ceremony of the World Aquatic Championships, there is already a controversy.
Worries of contaminated meat have been raised by several participating countries and it may actually have some validity.
In a study done by the World Anti-Doping Agency-accredited lab in Germany, officials found that 22 of 28 travelers, including several athletes, returning from China tested positive for low levels of clenbuterol, a chemical strongly linked to cows and pigs raised in China and at the center of a tainting scandal earlier this year.
The caveat is that clenbuterol is on WADA’s list of banned substances as an anabolic agent that builds muscle and burns fat. Swimmers who test positive could be banned up to two years and be out of the 2012 London Olympic Games.
The U.S. and Australian teams have already imported meat and other food products for their teams. Other teams have chose not to.
Oprah Learning To Swim
Television mogul Oprah Winfrey, now that she has some free time on her hands, is learning how to swim at age 57.
“Started out the week taking swimming lessons,” Winfrey emailed her fans. “Moving beyond my amateur doggy paddle. Learned the breaststroke today.”
The former talk show host admitted she has been afraid of the water for years.
“This I’ve known forever is the great metaphor of life,” Winfrey said. “Move with the flow. Don’t fight the current. Resist nothing. Let life carry on. Don’t try to carry it. Sometimes we just have to be reminded. A swim lesson did it for me.”
She plans on continuing her swim lessons while serving as CEO of the OWN cable channel.
“Over a year ago I pulled a picture from O magazine of a woman gliding through water,” Winfrey said. “It was such a striking image of freedom and possibility that I put it on my vision board. Today when I finished my swimming lesson I passed the vision board lying on the table where it’s been since 2009. I had an ‘Aha’ moment. I had just become that woman, gliding through the water.”
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