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Olympic Swimmer Dara Torres made the sports world sit up and take notice last summer when she made the US Olympic Swimming team at age 41, and proceeded to win 3 silver medals in Beijing. Eight months later, Dara released her memoirs entitled, Age is Just a Number: Achieve Your Dreams At Any Stage In Your Life.

From Universal Sports:

Torres, eight months removed from her performance in Beijing during which she won three silver medals, released her memoirs on Tuesday. “Age Is Just A Number,” which she co-wrote with New York Times Magazine contributing writer Elizabeth Weil, takes a walk through her entire swimming career — from when she was a teenager living in California and then as a student-athlete at the University of Florida, to her three comebacks as an adult.

She revisits past successes — setting world and American records, winning Olympic medals — and talks about the more difficult times in her life too. During her four years as a swimmer at Florida, she became bulimic. She’s dealt with two divorces, the death of her father and fertility problems. Michael Lohberg, the coach who guided Torres during her comeback for the Beijing Games, was stricken with a serious illness and was unable to travel to China for the Olympics.

Dara’s successes have obviously come at a price.  I think it takes a very special person to be able to face adversities in life and continue to follow and achieve their dreams. While Dara’s comeback was certainly not without controversy, her story is still remarkable and inspirational

Age is Just a Number is definitely going to be on my summer reading list!

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Do you have a girl on your gift list who loves to read but loves sports just as much? Have you checked out the new series of books by a new series of Young Adult novels by Liz Tigelaar that focus on girl power?

Pretty Tough and Playing with the Boys The series, published by Razorbill (Penguin Group) illustrates the lives of female athletes in a way that’s never been done before. The books show the sweat and tears that a championship team must endure to be the best but there’s also elements that appeal to girl readers including friendships and crushes.

Pretty Tough and Playing with the Boys are two titles that our friends at Pretty Tough have got at a special price just for SportsGirlsPlay readers right now. You can get both books for 10% off for a limited time.

Pretty Tough apparel for sporty girls While you are at the Pretty Tough site, don’t forget to check out the rest of the store. I love their hoodies and t-shirts that let girls show off their pretty side and be proud to be athletes at the same time. They also have a great selection of greeting cards, jewelry, and sport specific gifts.

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Videos -Girls Soccer Tips from Pretty Tough

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Soccer season is in full swing in our region – including the recreational programs and travel soccer programs. I recently found a series of soccer training videos geared towards girls youth soccer players put together by the team at

Heidi Strauss, a former athlete and now a high school soccer coach, does a great job of making this series of videos helpful and fun to watch.

The team also has a series of fiction and non-fiction books about girls in sports:

Categories : Books, Soccer, Videos
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