December 17, 2014
Dara Torres plans to have major surgery on her arthritic left knee at the end of the summer.
The 42-year-old Torres said on a conference call Wednesday that
she might not swim the 100-meter freestyle at next week's U.S.
national championships because it's painful to do a flip turn. She
expects to compete in the 50 free, which doesn't require a turn.
Torres says she has no cartilage left in the knee and that it
swelled up badly when she practiced a few starts Tuesday. She has
been unable to do kick sets or weight-training that puts stress on
Torres won three silver medals at last year's Beijing Olympics.
She'll have the surgery after the world championships - assuming
she qualifies at nationals - then decide on her swimming future
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