Although Olympic medals are not made out of the pure, precious metals, they are extremely valuable. That is why we wonder how athletes keep them safe. Dara Torres, five-time Olympic swimmer and 12-time Olympic medalist, told us where she keeps her medals.
Torres has teamed up with SHOW MORE OF YOU from Celgene and Otezla — a campaign that is shining light on the psoriasis or psoriatic arthritis. To learn more about psoriatic disease, visit the campaign’s website. Following is a transcript of the video.
When I introduce myself, I don’t like to brag and say, “Oh, I won these many medals.”
But, I actually have four golds, four silver, and four bronze medals, from five different Olympic games.
I am Dara Torres. I am 5 time Olympic swimmer and I am here because I have teamed with Celgene and Otezla for the Show More Of You campaign.
OK, so where do I keep my medals?
Well, I use to keep them under my bed, especially when I lived here in New York, because
I didn’t have a safe in New York and it was just an easy place to leave them.
When my mum asked where I was keeping them, I told her that and she was not a happy camper.
So my mum made put it in a safety deposit box at the bank. But then, I go to an appearance — maybe leave on a flight at seven at night — I go to the bank after four and they are closed. I am like, “Uh! I can’t get my medal.” So, I am like, “Uh! That’s not a good idea.”
So, now that I leave in a house in a nice neighbourhood, I put them in a safe as easy access
and they are very much protected.
But it is funny, because when my mum was on me about trying to keep them in a safe place, at that point in time, I had given her one of my gold medals — because I just wanted her to know how much I appreciated and thanked everything that she had done for me. So one Christmas I did that.
When I came back to visit her, I walk into her house and there’s the medal — the golden medal — in glass — plexiglass case, with a light shinning on them.
I am like, “Wait. Mum, what happened to, like, protecting the medal, so no one steals it?”
So, she may say one thing but definitely does another thing.
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