Meet Olympian Dara Torres and Win Free EarBuds {Giveaway–CLOSED}

Happy Monday! Have I got a treat for you. I do have a lot to catch you up on from the weekend, but it’s going to have to wait til later in the week.

First, let me introduce you to Dara Torres…

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To those of you who may not know Dara:

Dara Torres is arguably the fastest female swimmer in America. She entered her first international swimming competition at age 14 and competed in her first Olympic Games a few years later in 1984.

At the Beijing Olympic Games in 2008, Dara became the oldest swimmer to compete in the Olympic Games. When she took three silver medals home – including the infamous heartbreaking 50-meter freestyle race where she missed the Gold by 1/100th of a second – America loved her all the more for her astonishing achievement and her good-natured acceptance of the results.

In total, Dara has competed in five Olympic Games and has won 12 medals in her entire Olympic career. Her impressive performance in Beijing and her attempt at the 2012 London Olympic Games has inspired many older athletes to consider re-entering competition, including cyclist Lance Armstrong.

Aside from her amazing accomplishments in the pool, Dara has talents on dry land as well. A composed commentator, guest host and strong interviewee, she has appeared on such shows as Fox News, ESPN, CNN, Piers Morgan Tonight, Today Show, Good Morning America, Kelly and Regis, and many others. Additionally, Dara was the first female athlete ever to be featured in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, and in 2009, won the ESPY award for “Best Comeback.” To add to Dara’s accolades, she was also named one of the “Top Female Athletes of the Decade” by Sports Illustrated Magazine.

Now a top-selling author, her memoir, “Age is Just a Number: Achieve Your Dreams at Any Stage in Your Life,” published in April, 2009 and was listed as one of the top 25 best-selling business books by June. Her second book, “Gold Medal Fitness: A Revolutionary 5-Week Program” hit stands in May, 2010 and is now a New York Times Best-Seller.

Olympian, author, mother, and role model, Dara Torres is many things to many people, but above all, she is an inspiration.”


Besides all of the aforementioned list of achievements, she has also more recently partnered with a headphone company called Koss.

The line she is working on is called Koss FitBuds and they are the smallest earbuds Koss has ever created. The buds are only six millimeters in diameter, making them 33 percent smaller than the average Koss earbud. The elements are surrounded by a dual-injected, soft-rubberized housing intended to fit perfectly in the female ear. The FitBuds feature a sweat-resistant coating and come in fun colors!

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The FItBuds are:

  • Ideal for active women
  • Sweat resistant
  • Ultra lightweight
  • Extreme durability
  • Covered under the Limited Lifetime Warranty


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Giveaway Time!

How would you like a chance to meet Dara?!

I am giving away two entries to Minnesotans or to anyone willing to drive to Minnesota to not only meet Dara, but also take a spin class with her, get a free pair of FitBuds and a free gift bag from Koss!

  •  60 minute spin class taught by local instructors
  • A pair of Koss Fit Series headphones to use during the event and a pair to take home
  •  A gift bag from Koss
  • The opportunity to meet and workout with Dara Torres, a five time Olympian and 12-time medalist.

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The dates and times for the classes are as follows:

Option 1:

Tuesday, September 17
4:45 pm – 5:45 pm
Eden Prairie

Option 2:

Wednesday, September 18
11:45 am – 12:45 pm

*Winner will need to inform me of option/location they would like to attend. Exact locations will be revealed to giveaway winners.

Doesn’t this sound like a blast! I plan on being there, too!

Enter to win! 

To enter to win, comment on this post telling me why you would love to win this giveaway. Earn an extra entry by tweeting, “I want to meet Dara Torres! I entered to win at” Be sure to leave an extra comment on my post so that I know you tweeted.

I will announce the winner on Friday, August 30th! Edited: Contest closes at 12:00 am central time zone on Friday August 30th. 

This Post Has 18 Comments

  1. Oh my gosh!!! This is so awesome! Dara has been one of my favorite female athletes for quite awhile and I would be willing to drive to MN from WI to meet her for sure! She inspires me to keep working on my swimming even though I am not the best at it. (oh, and option 1 would be best!)

  2. Love this! I’ll be at the event on the 18th! Which one are you going to? It’d be fun to meet!
    (I obviously don’t need to be entered into the giveaway, I just wanted to share that I’ll be there : )
    Danica @ It’s Progression recently posted…workout log: 8/18 – 8/24My Profile

    1. Melanie

      Hi! I am actually going to the one on the 17th! I’m bummed we won’t be able to meet!

          1. Melanie

            Yay, can’t wait!!

  3. Katie M (@carrotrunr)

    I’d love to win because I think that working out with and talking with Dana would be so motivating. I imagine she has a lot of suggestions for staying motivated and making time for workouts.


    wow this sounds amazing! i would love to meet someone who has clearly followed her dreams and succeeded in such a huge way. she is an inspiration for sure. i’m thinking the eden prairie location sounds better. it’s close to bloomington and i have friends there in case i need a sitter for it. recently posted…excitementMy Profile

  5. Stacy

    At a time when I am being told to turn away from my goals because of my age and position in life, the inspiration of Dara Torres would provide such a lift, such a refocus! The approach she has taken toward reaching her own goals and living her life are what I truly admire and strive for. What I would give to meet a woman with such amazing commitment, talent, tenacity, discipline, and ambition! Not to mention, I am finally getting strong enough to get on a bike, get in the water, and get back on the road!

    1. Stacy

      Oh, and I did send out a tweet..

      1. Stacy

        Did I mention that I have never been able to exercise with music because EVERY set of ear buds I purchase is too big for my ears!

        1. Melanie

          Ha ha, well then these lil guys would be PERFECT for you!

  6. Kelly Aldrich

    I would love to meet Dara Torres! I was a competitive swimmer all throughout high school and have always been a fan of her! She is such an inspiration for every woman and to meet her would be a dream!

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