Do you care that Dara Torres didn't win a gold medal? Neither does anyone else. Torres, 41, has become a national inspiration despite the fact that she returned home with three silver medals and has never won the gold. At the Olympics last month, her agent, Evan Morgenstein, tried to explain to her that losing the gold actually made her more relatable, since "wanting something so badly and you don't get it, but you keep on trying, is something everyone can identify with." Though Torres was disappointed about missing the gold by a hundredth of a second, she says the intense adulation she's received since she's come home, from throwing out the first pitch at a Yankees game, to inspiring Lance Armstrong to come out of retirement, to being congratulated by fawning fans wherever she goes, is helping her stop seeing herself as a loser. [NY Times]