Dara Torres is prepared for any conversations about body image with her daughter after dealing with psoriasis and an eating disorder. So I was proud of her for being open about that. Torres says her own background made it easier to relate. Dealing with her plaque psoriasis as a young swimmer — Torres first noticed the itchy, red rashes as a year-old during the run up to the Barcelona Games — was tough at first. If you have opted in for our browser push notifications, and you would like to opt-out, please refer to the following instructions depending on your device and browser. For turning notifications on or off on Google Chrome and Android click here , for Firefox click here , for Safari click here and for Microsoft's Edge click here.
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She's spent the majority of her life in a swimsuit. But for years, Dara Torres felt ashamed to bear her skin. Team USA's Olympic medalist - the only woman to represent America five times - was diagnosed with psoriasis shortly after the Games. It is a debilitating itchy skin condition that flares up all over the body at times of stress and emotional exhaustion. The scabs are also aggravated by chlorine.
Dara Torres enjoyed a privileged childhood and displayed more than normal energy levels and heightened urges to best her siblings. She as well as her four older brothers—Mike, Kirk, Brad, and Rick —and little sister Lara learned swimming from their mom. Dara entered competitive swimming at age eight and quickly outpaced her elder brothers.