By Phillip Whitten
April 24. TWO of the greatest names in American swimming history – Dara Torres and Summer Sanders – received a new name last week: Mom!
Dara, 39, the first American woman to compete in four Olympic Games (1984, ’88, ’92 and 2000), owns nine Olympic medals, four of them gold.
On Tuesday, April 18, three days after her own birthday, Dara gave birth to Tessa Grace Torres-Hoffman. Tessa, who weighed in at 8.1 pounds and stretches a lanky 21-1/2 inches in length, appears to have her mom’s build. “We don’t know who she looks like (Dara or husband, Dr. David Hoffman), but she definitely has my big feet and hands, and long toes and fingers,” Dara said.
Mom, dad and baby are happy and doing well.
Three days later, at 12:42 A.M on Friday, April 21, Summer, 33, gave birth to Skye Bella Schlopy after 40 hours of labor. Skye, like Tessa, is a solid young lady, weighing 7 lbs. 7 ounces and measuring 20 inches long.
“What a special day April 21st turned out to be,” Summer said. “Not only was it my dad’s birthday, but our little girl entered the world.”
Summer — the most decorated American woman at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona with two gold medals, a silver and a bronze — was the star of the Nickelodeon kids’ game show, “Figure It Out” and is co-host of the NBA's “Inside Stuff” on NBC. She is married to two-time US Olympic skier, Erik Schlopy.
“Mom, dad and baby Skye are happy, healthy and loving life,” Summer concluded.