Olympians Who Love the Coast

For these Summer Olympics athletes, it's the sand, sun, and water that keeps them inspired. Here are four coastal stars to root for this summer. Go U.S.A.!

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Dara Torres, swimming
Photo: Grace Huang

Dara Torres, swimming

Her coast: Palm Beach, FL

The beach makes her feel... 
"Just sort of free, you know? It's the beauty of being outside, and the sand on the feet, and riding the waves, and the beautiful sky. It's just a beautiful place to be."

If she's not swimming, she's... 
"Water-skiing, sailing, surfing—maybe just 5-foot waves at the most. I'm not into big, huge waves. I just like a nice ride."

Her medals: hidden, or in broad view? 
"In a safe, hidden away. Not in broad view. That's not me at all."


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