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BOISE -- Dara Torres is a 5-time Olympic swimmer, a 12-time Olympic medal-winner, a best-selling author, and a mom.

Torres is no stranger to the Gem State as she visits her parents home in Sun Valley two or three times a year.

On October 7, Torres will be the keystone speaker at the annual Boise Chamber of Commerce Gala. She'll talk about many things including being a role model for people who may have been told they were too old to do something. Torres won three Olympic medals at 41-years-old.

"When I made the comeback for the 2008 Olympics, I never thought, 'Oh, I want to be a role model for people.' But, I realized, as I was going through the process, on the road to get there, that I was," said Torres. "There were so many people coming up to me who said, 'Oh, I put off doing this or that, because I thought I was too old. But, you've really showed me that I can try to do this.' It's a very rewarding feeling."

Torres added, "People ask me, 'Well, what's the best thing about making an Olympic team, especially at age 41?' And, it really is not about the medals, even though I did miss that gold medal by one-hundredth of a second. No big deal. It's really the road that it took to get there that's most rewarding for me, and that it did inspire people to do things that they thought they couldn't do because they were too old."

The Chamber's Gala is coming up on October 7th from 6:00 p.m. to 9:15 p.m.

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