Born in Los Angeles to a Cuban-American family, Torres is a 12-time Olympic medalist (four gold, four silver, four bronze) in women’s swimming. Torres is the first swimmer to represent the United States in five Olympic Games (1984, 1988, 1992, 2000 and 2008), medaling in all five Olympic games. She became one of only a handful of Olympians to earn medals in five different Games. On August 1, 2007, at age 40 and just 16 months after giving birth to her first child, Torres won the 100-meter freestyle at the U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis. At age 41, she was the oldest swimmer to earn a place on the U.S. Olympic team and appear in five Olympic games.Torres is a veteran celebrity swimmer for Swim Across America, a charitable organization that raises funds for cancer research in which she has participated for several years. She is the author of two books: Age is Just a Number: Achieve Your Dreams at Any Stage in Your Life. Torres is also involved with the American chapter of the Foundation of Princess Charlene of Monaco, a charitable organization at which she sits, as Vice-President, on the board of directors.