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At age 41, Dara Torres became one of the stars of the Beijing Summer Olympics by competing in her fifth Olympic Games and picking up three silver medals. Dara is Skyping™ from her parents' house in Sun Valley, Idaho, to thank Billie Jean for her trailblazing efforts for all women athletes.

"Since the Olympic Games, I've been traveling all over the country giving talks, and women come up to me and say how inspirational I am to them. And I think back on how inspirational Billie Jean King has been to me," Dara says. "I really wouldn't be here today if it weren't for you. So I really appreciate everything you've done for women and women in sports."

The admiration goes both ways. "Everybody was holding their breath for you, and we're so proud of you," Billie Jean tells Dara. "You rock! "
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Published on October 16, 2008

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