Olympic Swimmer 12x medalist with Psoriasis 

Dara Grace Torres (born April 15, 1967) is an American former competitive swimmer who is a twelve-time Olympic medalist and former world record-holder in three events. Torres is the first swimmer to represent the United States in five Olympic Games (1984, 1988, 1992, 2000 and 2008), and, at age 41, the oldest swimmer to earn a place on the U.S. Olympic team. At the 2008 Summer Olympics, she competed in the 50-meter freestyle, 4×100-meter medley relay, and 4×100-meter freestyle relay, and won silver medals in all three events.

Torres has won twelve Olympic medals (four gold, four silver, four bronze), one of three women with the most Olympic women’s swimming medals. She won five medals at the 2000 Summer Olympics when, at age 33, she was the oldest member of the 2000 U.S. Olympic Swim Team. She has also won at least one medal in each of the five Olympics in which she has competed, making her one of only a handful of Olympians to earn medals in five different Games.

What they didn’t tell you is that Dara Torres did this all and she has Psoriasis.  Each day she trained wearing her bathing suit as a business suit.  She was subjected to the stares and comments like all of us in the psoriasis community, yet she found the courage to ignore it all and reach for the stars.  Her accomplishments are super human.  She truly is a Psoriatic Psuperhero.  Dara is also the author of two best selling books.  She is incredibly gifted and talented.

Over the years she spoke about her psoriasis and the challenges.  On August 18th she step it up a notch by sharing it on TV.  Celgene launched a campaign #ShowMoreOfYou and their website Show More Of You.(click on the highlighted text)  Dara is the spokesperson for the campaign.  I was lucky enough to interview her.  I thought it went well.    

https://youtu.be/69r9YcxUTqg <<<click the link for the interview 
I was very excited to even be selected to speak with a Olympic Gold Medalist.  I’m so thankful she is helping us raise awareness and to encourage others to accomplish their dreams despite psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis.  Our mission is still hard pressed for a cure.  Thankfully we have really good medications to fall back upon along the way.  Thank you to everyone who made this possible.   
If you would like to sponsor our team Overcoming Psoriasis for our Walk here is the link>  Www.teamnpf.org/nycwalk All donations are greatly appreciated.  
#Celgene #Otezla #spoonie #creekyjoints #GetYourSkinOut #PsAM16

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