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[Ladies' Week] Dara Torres - "Age is Just a Number"

So, @shannonl5 planned this awesome event, "Ladies' Week" (check out ~Announcing: Ladies' Week Event!~ just in case you haven't heard about it!).

And in celebration of this awesome event, I wanted to start out with a female athlete that has inspired me: Dara Torres!

Just in case you guys have never heard about Dara Torres, she is a former competitive swimmer who is also a twelve-time Olympic medalist and a former world record-holder in three events (50-meter freestyle, 4x100-meter freestyle relay, and 4x100-meter medley relay).

But her medals and world records don't capture her whole story. There's more.

Torres has competed in five different olympics: 1984 Los Angeles, 1988 Seoul, 1992 Barcelona, 2000 Sydney, and 2008 Beijing. That's right. Five different Olympics over the span of twenty-four years.

She was 17 when she competed in her first ever Olympics and she took home a gold medal. She was 41 when she competed in her last one and took a silver medal home.

Her life was definitely something you would not call perfect. She was already the oldest member on the U.S. swim team at the age of 33 during the 2000 Sydney Olympics. She could not get pregnant at the age of 35. She was divorced twice by the age of 37. She had her first daughter at the age of 39. Her father also passed away that same year.
But as Torres put it perfectly,
"But when I was 41 and I woke up in a dorm in the Olympic Village in Beijing, I didn’t feel old. I felt merely—and, yes, happily—middle-aged. ‘The water doesn’t know how old you are.’"

For her, age was just merely a number and her dedication and passion for swimming gave her the courage to try out for the 2008 Summer Olympics despite the personal barriers she faced.

Torres wasn't quite finished though.

After the 2008 Olympics, she underwent a knee surgery, but jumped back in the pool as soon as she was ready to swim once again.

And she competed in the U.S. swimming trials to earn a spot on the 2012 London Olympics team for the 50-meter freestyle.
She however was denied a spot. Jessica Hardy won first place with 24.50 seconds and Kara Lynn Joyce took the remaining spot. Dara was nine-hundredths of a second behind her sixth Olympics. She was 45 at the time.

Even though she did not make it for the 2012 Olympics, she had no regrets, because she gave everything she had. She simply hugged her daughter, Tessa, and congratulated her fellow swimmers.

[Video: 2008 Beijing Olympics Women's 4x100 Freestyle Relay Final/Torres's Last Olympic Medal]
She has been such an inspiration for me and people all around the world. We sometimes put a limit on ourselves without even giving our best shot.

Torres however never, ever made any excuses and simply focused on achieving her goals.

I would like to end this card with my favorite Torres quote:

"You don't have to put an age limit on your dreams."

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@allischaaff Agreed. She def has one of the greatest abs ever period
Oh my gosh this woman is AMAZING! I'm also inspired by how much she's gone through and fought through :) what an incredible athletic career. I'm actually surprised I haven't heard of her before. And P.S. - she looks great for 40!!!
I had actually never heard of her before! You're so right @ButterflyBlu age shouldn't limit your dreams. People seem to think that your twenties is the only time you have to live your life and achieve everything you want but it's just not true!
Fantastic, isn't she?! I think she's amazing and strong and worthy of being a role model. And she's right: age is nothing. So many people limit SO much based on a silly number!! That's ridiculous. No matter what you want in life...age shouldn't be a limiting factor.
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After decades of appealing to budget travelers with low-cost flights and party buses, many European destinations are emerging from the pandemic with a new emphasis on upscale travel. “A lot of enterprises, big and small, have spent the past two years renovating their facilities, upgrading, investing in their hospitality—adapting to the new needs of the customer,” says Araújo of the ETC. “We also see a lot of countries adjusting their communication to high-end travel.” Certainly companies that specialize in high-end travel are experiencing a boom. 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Domestic travel in many places surged to nearly 90% of its 2019 rates that summer, and, as MMGY senior analyst Leanne Hill points out, tourists spent unusually high amounts that were, she says, “largely revenge-travel oriented.” But slow vaccine rollouts and adoption rates, coupled with the slew of ever-changing travel restrictions and newly emerging virus variants ultimately stymied expectations. International tourism was down 67% in July 2021 over its rates that same month in 2019. This time around, the obstacles to the fulfillment of travel fantasies, vengeful and otherwise, are less about the virus (all of the experts TIME consulted agreed that there was little tolerance for more lockdowns and restrictions) than other ills that have sprung up in its wake. “Inflation and staff shortages is the twin-headed monster threatening the travel recovery this summer,” says Tourism Economics’ Goodger. Staffing shortages are cutting into service across Europe. Many hotels have responded by automating some aspects like check in, and trimming once routine benefits like daily room cleaning. Restaurants from Copenhagen to Madrid have cut their operating hours and, in some cases, shut down altogether. But perhaps nowhere is the impact of the shortage on travelers clearer than in the scenes of chaos emerging from airports across Europe and the United States: flight cancellations, long waits for baggage that frequently fails to appear altogether, excruciating lines through security. “Demand is ramping up much more quickly than businesses, having shed workers during the pandemic, have been able to recruit for,” says Goodger. And although American travelers are, according to MMGY estimates, planning on spending an average of $600 more per trip than they did a year ago, it’s unclear, analyst Hill says, “whether that’s because of increased costs or overall willingness to spend more.” There are clear signs, she adds, inflation is definitely starting to bite. “We’re beginning to see travel intentions start to erode slightly, particularly among travelers making less than $100,000.” Those concerns are echoed among Europeans travelers, according to the ETC, which found that while only 7% of travelers expressed concern about inflation and costs affecting their vacations in 2021, 13% do so now. At the high end too, pricing is “definitely a real challenge,” says Black Tomato’s Drewniany. “Hotel properties are all still recouping and it’s not that they’re trying to be extortionist, but prices are definitely worse. So it’s a challenge to explain and translate that to clients.”
Michael Phelps - "Staying Off Booze Helps!"
Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time, is making his fifth Olympic appearance this year in the 2016 Rio Olympics. Even though he may be the greatest swimmer of all-time, it's not easy swimming competitively when you're thirty years old. But once again, it's Michael Phelps we are talking about. The man knows no limits. Despite his illustrious career in swimming, Phelps got in trouble several times due to drugs and alcohol. And after he received his second DUI and went through a 45-day rehab period in 2015, he vowed that he would not take a sip of alcohol until the 2016 Olympics were over. And he has kept his promise and is looking better than ever as he gets ready for Rio. During an interview last weekend, Phelps said, "Not having a drink for over a year-and-a-half, it's incredible. It's not only my body -- on a lot of different levels. It's been amazing. I can really tell the difference with my body, sort of not carrying that weight on my back." And this is why I have huge expectations for one of my favorite athletes of all time. Michael might not be the same Michael he was eight years ago when he won those nine gold medals. But just by standing up to his mistakes and taking a shot at the thing he does best...the thing he loves the most, I respect the hell out of him. This must have been a tough decision for Michael to give up alcohol. I believe however that this was probably the best choice he could have ever made in his lifetime and it will not only inspire and change his life, but also the lives of others all around the world. It certainly has changed and inspired my own life. Thank you Michael.
Facebook ra mắt Meta Store để giới thiệu các tiện ích ảo
Facebook ra mắt cửa hàng vật lý Meta Store để có thể giới các tiện ích ảo trên nền tảng. Việc này nhằm mục đích thay đổi suy nghĩ Facebook chỉ là mạng xã hội của người dùng. (Tham khảo: Facebook ra mắt Meta Store để giới thiệu các tiện ích ảo) Facebook cho biết rằng họ sẽ mở không gian bán lẻ vật lý đầu tiên. Đây là hành động mới nhất của Facebook để chuyển mình từ một nền tảng truyền thông xã hội thành một gã khổng lồ phần cứng phát minh ra “metaverse”. Tại cửa hàng, khách hàng sẽ có thể thử nghiệm dòng thiết bị phần cứng thông minh đang phát triển của Facebook. Các thiết bị bao gồm tai nghe thực tế ảo Quest 2, kính thông minh Ray-Ban Stories và thiết bị gọi điện video Portal. Công ty cũng sẽ bán một số thiết bị trực tiếp tại cửa hàng. Không gian vật lý mới là bước phát triển mới nhất trong kế hoạch dài hạn của Facebook Việc này nhằm xây dựng thế giới ảo sống động mà nó gọi là metaverse. Facebook đã chi hàng tỷ USD cho các bộ phận nghiên cứu của mình. Các bộ phận này có nhiệm vụ phát triển phần cứng và phần mềm thực tế ảo và tăng cường, để tạo ra công nghệ nền tảng. Công ty hình dung người dùng cuối cùng sẽ muốn sử dụng hình đại diện để làm việc với đồng nghiệp trong phòng họp ảo. Họ cũng có thể tham dự các sự kiện kỹ thuật số với bạn bè. Hay thậm chí là mua sắm trong các cửa hàng ảo được truy cập thông qua các dịch vụ hỗ trợ thực tế ảo và tăng cường. CEO Mark Zuckerberg cho biết: “Cách tốt nhất để hiểu về thực tế ảo là trải nghiệm nó. “Tại Meta Store mới của Facebook, bất kỳ ai cũng có thể giới thiệu các ứng dụng phổ biến. Thậm chí là chiếu những gì bạn đang trải nghiệm lên một bức tường lớn cho bạn bè xem.” Facebook đã đổi tên công ty thành Meta vào tháng 10 với nhiều mục đích Một trong những mục đích quan trọng là nỗ lực chuyển thương hiệu của mình theo một hướng mới. Chuyển từ một doanh nghiệp tập trung vào mạng xã hội sang một công ty đang trên đà đổi mới cách mọi người giao tiếp. Sự thay đổi tên này diễn ra sau một cuộc khủng hoảng chính trị của Facebook. Sau khi một người tố cáo chuyển hàng đống tài liệu nội bộ cho Quốc hội và Ủy ban Chứng khoán và Giao dịch Hoa Kỳ. Điều này khiến các nhà lập pháp và những người ủng hộ kêu gọi gã khổng lồ công nghệ cải cách phương thức kinh doanh của mình. Các nhà phê bình cho biết các tài liệu tiết lộ công ty đã đưa ra các quyết định về thiết kế và chính sách mới. Điều này còn liên quan đến việc làm trầm trọng thêm các vấn đề sức khỏe tâm thần ở một số người dùng trẻ tuổi. Thậm chí là khuếch đại sự phân cực chính trị trên toàn cầu. Điều này dẫn đến việc một số khu vực dễ bị tổn thương trước nội dung có hại. Quảng bá metaverse, được cho là sẽ giúp công ty thoát khỏi những tranh cãi trong quá khứ Facebook cũng coi việc đầu tư vào phần cứng là cơ hội để đa dạng hóa mô hình kinh doanh của mình. Đặc biệt vào thời điểm họ phải đối mặt với một số mối đe dọa trên thị trường. Mối đe dọa bao gồm các quy tắc mới do Apple áp đặt đối với các ứng dụng Facebook. Việc này nhằm hạn chế khả năng thu thập thông tin của người dùng iPhone để nhắm mục tiêu họ. Nếu Facebook bán các thiết bị phần cứng của riêng mình. Lúc này sẽ không phải phụ thuộc vào các công ty khác để đưa dịch vụ đến tay người dùng.