Dara Torres, an Olympian after my own heart

From left to right: Alice Bradley, Maggie Mason, Kim, Me not so subtly hiding my bare flabby triceps, Dara Torres, Jill, Tracey Gaughran-Perez, Amy Storch, gorgeous bebe Ezra, Dory Devlin . Also Mr. Fancy Photographer Guy: Fish-eye lenses may be awesome for 1980's Tom Petty videos but they are not kind to the otherwise trim subjects on either ends of the photo.

It isn't often I am invited to sit down with a real live uber Olympic swimmer and have the opportunity to interview her, all courtesy of the very kind folks at HP and their whole HP Moms for Simplicity dealio. (And no they didn't pay me to say I love their printers and thank them kindly for making Mac-compatible doodads and would really like a Vivian Tam laptop to give away on Cool Mom Picks but thought I'd just throw it in there anyway.)

Only problem is, what do I ask a real live uber Olympic Swimmer, especially she just happens to be Dara Torres and I literally cannot peel my eyes from her abs.
-So um...water huh. You like water, right?
-Is it true that you can slice prime rib with those abs?
-Hey, remember that time you won all those medals? That was cool, right?
-Kind of funny that you don't like fish and you're a swimmer, right?
-So, we're supposed to talk about how technology simplifies our lives. You go first.
-You train how many hours a day? Wow...wouldn't you rather be playing Wii or something? That's what I'd be doing.
I was definitely out of my league.

But as it turns out, there is one subject that unites all women, both uber Olympian and mere mortal -

Rock of Love.

Yeah, it might have gone a little better had I been miked. But still.

(And if the video is not working, here's what you missed: Love the trainwrecks, hope our daughters don't grow up like this, rooting for Taya, Farrah needs help.)

See? Olympians are just like us! Only...not.

Meanwhile...OMG TAYA.

Update: If you want to check out the HP Moms for Simplicity site it's up and running. (And hey, I'm there too!) You can also enter to win a $5,000 tech makeover and a trip to watch Dara compete which is totally mindblowing.


Blogger TZT said...

That just made me feel 300x better about the fact that I've watched every season of that show. Phew.

4/14/09, 8:30 AM  
Anonymous MetroDad said...

This pretty much solidifies my love for both you and Dara Torres. Awesome interview!

4/14/09, 8:48 AM  
Blogger Emily McKhann said...

How cool are you?!? You were such a natural sitting down and shooting the breeze with Dara!!!!! I'm with MetroDad - you are both such stars!!!

4/14/09, 10:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How did I just KNOW you would fit Rock of Love in there?

4/14/09, 10:40 AM  
Anonymous Alexis said...

I want to be Dara Torres in my next life.
Or at least have her abs.

4/14/09, 10:48 AM  
Blogger J said...

I'm not a big fan of the show, but I am a big fan of you interviewing an Olympian about it. AWESOME!

4/14/09, 12:20 PM  
Blogger Petunia Face said...

~ ~

That is my technologically advanced Taya emoticon because HER EYEBROWS ARE JUST SO DAMN DISTRACTING! Seriously--Penthouse Pet or not, she is sporting some serious sperm on her face.

In other news, ah, yes, awesome interview with Dara Torres.

4/14/09, 1:24 PM  
Blogger Classy Mommy said...

so awesome you met Dara Torres. and your so relaxed chatting with her. love it. I was a swimmer and remember being a huge fan when i was a little girl. great job. hope to meet you someday at a blogging event soon!

4/14/09, 1:56 PM  
Anonymous TechMama said...

Great interview with Dara Torres (Rock on!). Seriously - I so want her abs.. After having twins, I will take having any abs left...

I want to see more Mom 101 celeb interviews..

4/14/09, 2:16 PM  
Blogger Julie Marsh said...

I loved watching her at the Olympics. Even more than the young swimmers, she was so inspirational.

And I had no idea how tall and slender she is. Wow.

4/14/09, 2:34 PM  
Blogger Jenny Grace said...

Interview = Awesomesauce.

Not, however, quite as awesomesauce as the fact that my word verification is "polyp"

4/14/09, 2:39 PM  
Blogger j.sterling said...

your outfit is the CUTEST! holy crap you look amazing and so skinny and soooo damn adorable!!!!

4/14/09, 3:12 PM  
Blogger Mom101 said...

No Jennster, Maggie's outfit was the cutest. Mine had dog hair all over it.

4/14/09, 3:18 PM  
Anonymous Kimberly/Mom in the City said...

I'm so glad that she agreed to do your "Rock of Love" interview.

It was great seeing you again - you crack me up!

4/14/09, 4:52 PM  
Blogger Tracey said...

[zombie voice:] Vivian Tam Laptop gaaaaaaah...[drool]

4/14/09, 6:17 PM  
Anonymous Sarah @ BecomingSarah.com said...

How exciting!

4/14/09, 7:44 PM  
Blogger sweatpantsmom said...

You and Dara may have done the impossible: Actually convinced me to watch Rock of Love.

4/14/09, 8:37 PM  
Blogger Coco said...

That is hilarious that you talked to her about Rock of Love!!! Haha!! Way to go on the interview!

4/14/09, 9:38 PM  
Blogger Amelia Sprout said...

So, I already think you're cool, but now I am totally completely jealous. She's sort of my favorite athlete ever.

4/14/09, 9:54 PM  
Blogger Mahlers On Safari said...

Very nice.

4/15/09, 6:33 AM  
Anonymous Stesha said...

Dara is my hero. If I had abs like her I wouldn't have to do the laundry or the dishes for an entire month!

Hugs and Mocha,

4/15/09, 8:49 AM  
Blogger GIRL'S GONE CHILD said...

HA! Amazzzzzing!!!!

4/15/09, 3:29 PM  
Anonymous Jerseygirl89 said...

Fantastic interview . . .and now I can tell my husband that even Dara watches Rock of Love. Awesome!

4/15/09, 9:52 PM  
Anonymous zzzz said...

She looks completely bored.

4/16/09, 7:25 PM  
Blogger Mom101 said...


Kind of how I'd be in Arizona

4/16/09, 7:29 PM  

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