Dara Torres, the Olympic swim champ, has a couple of new passions.
She’s very involved in spinning and promoting the new Koss Fit Series, ear buds she helped design for the size of most women’s ears (although the two men in her life seem to enjoy the headphones, too). Torres was recently in the metro at a couple of cycling studios directing spin classes and passing out the colorful headphones, which are made in Milwaukee by Koss Corp.
I “cycled” with Torres at CycleQuest in Eden Prairie, and we talked about something swimmers apparently don’t think twice about doing in a pool; when she prefers not to be approached at the gym; and the only part of her body she’d like to change.
It’s not her stomach, which I got her to show off in my startribune.com/video.
Q: Are headphones essential to your workout or just a good way to ignore people?
A: It’s funny. A lot of times when I go to the gym I am very much in the zone, and so when I put headphones on I don’t mind people coming up and talking to me in between my sets. When I’m working out and in the middle of a set, I don’t really like people to come up to me and talk to me, so the headphones kind of are like, ‘Hey, she’s working out, got the music blaring, don’t bother her.’
Q: What NFLer would you like to see ignoring ESPN cameras while strolling from the bus to the locker room in your headphones?
A: Tom Brady. He doesn’t mind wearing purple. Tom Brady is very metrosexual, and these are headphones for women, although my husband and stepson have taken mine. Even though they are made for women, the men seem to like them, too.
Q: Do you believe Diana Nyad’s version of her record-breaking swim from Cuba to Florida?
A: I absolutely, 100 percent believe Diana Nyad did her swim the right way. She did not cheat. She is an unbelievable athlete. The fact that she never gave up and continued to try is just unbelievable. So she is my idol.
Q: If there was a flood at your house, would your 12 Olympic medals be among the items you’d try to save?
A: My daughter would be the first thing that I’d try to save. The medals are great, but that’s not really what my swimming experience was about. It’s been the road to get the medals, what I’ve learned about myself. Learning about hard work and dedication and what it takes to be the best. The medals are the icing on the cake.
Q: Have you ever made water while in a swimming pool?