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Is five-time Olympic swimmer Dara Torres coming out of retirement at age 47?

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Updated: Dara Torres confirmed in a call to The Washington Post that her announcement was an April Fools’ joke.

Original story:

Five-time Olympian Dara Torres, 47, announced on Wednesday that she would be coming out of retirement to make a go at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio. The problem is, the pair of tweets came on April Fools’ Day, the most excruciatingly frustrating day of the year to believe anything.

The Washington Post has reached out to Torres’s agent, USA Swimming and the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency to confirm whether the announcement is true. This article will update either way when more information becomes available.

Meanwhile, Torres has not addressed the date in her subsequent tweets, but has retweeted others who have reached out to congratulate her on her presumed comeback.

[U.S. swimmer Natalie Coughlin says she’s ‘all in’ for fourth Olympics in 2016]

All things considered — and, yes, there is A LOT to consider — the very fact that its even slightly believable that Torres, who began her Olympic career in 1984, could make a run at her sixth Olympics in Rio says remarkable things about Torres as an athlete. She’d be 49 by the time the Games open on Aug. 5, 2016.

Torres has a proven track record of retiring and coming back when everyone thought she might be too old. Torres, who competed in the 1984, 1988 and 1992 Olympics, made her first comeback in 1999. At 33, she went on to win five medals in the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, making her the oldest female swimmer to medal in the history of the Games.

Torres would go on to break that record in when she made her second comeback in 2007. At the age of 41, Torres became the the oldest swimmer ever to win an Olympic medal after she won three medals at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.

Torres continued to swim competitively until 2012, when she announced her retirement for a third time. All said and (possibly not) done, Torres has won 12 Olympic medals. Will there be a 13th or more? We’ll see…

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