12-Time Olympic Medalist Dara Torres to Keynote JETC 2024

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Dara Torres, the most decorated U.S. female Olympic athlete of all time, takes the stage and sets the tone for 2024 JETC. Her story is one of remarkable resilience and tenacity. Born in 1967, she emerged as one of the most decorated American swimmers in history. Throughout her career, Torres defied conventional wisdom, challenging age barriers and shattering stereotypes. Despite facing numerous setbacks, including injuries and a hiatus from the sport, she continued to excel, earning the admiration of athletes and fans worldwide.

Torres is not just the most decorated U.S. female Olympic athletes of all time; she is also a N.Y. Times best-selling author, fitness advocate, motivational speaker, entrepreneur, and mother, who started her career on the international sports stage by breaking her first world record at the age of 15. Two years later, Torres would swim at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles–the first of five Olympic appearances, and at 41, was the oldest swimmer to earn a place on the U.S. Olympic Team.

Inspiration and Perseverance

Torres, recipient of four Gold, four Silver, and four Bronze medals, notes that she never competed for the accolades, but instead for the challenge of doing what no one else has ever done. This incredible journey, 26 years on the Olympic stage, has never been accomplished by any other American athlete and serves as the backdrop for Dara’s incredibly motivating speeches delivered to corporations all over the world. Torres was inducted into the United States Olympic Committee’s Hall of Fame in 2019.

SAME is proud to kick off JETC with Dara Torres and her inspirational journey to become one of the most decorated Olympians of her generation. Torres’ ability to adapt to changing circumstances underscores the importance of resilience in the face of adversity. Whether overcoming injuries, setbacks, or doubts, she remained steadfast in her pursuit of excellence, refusing to be defined by limitations or constraints. The lessons she has learned by overcoming her challenges through excellence and innovation will serve as inspiration for SAME members and industry and government professionals as they navigate the complexities of their own careers and confront the growing challenges of a changing global security climate.