Meet Tara Kirk, an American Olympic swimmer. See photos, video and a biography of Tara below.
Tara Kirk is in the news today as the swimmer feels that since the revelation of Jessica Hardy’s positive drug test at the Olympic trials earlier this month, she should be included on the Olympic Swim Team. She missed making the team by one-hundredth of a second in the 100 breaststroke.
She expressed her anger on her blog, and wants to know why there was such a delay in the drug test results coming back on Hardy (Hardy was informed of the results on July 21st, which just happened to be the last day that USA Swimming could turn in their roster of the Olympic team). Kirk said:
“The fault now lies on many shoulders and I fear that incompetence, laziness and deceit may have played a role. That is much harder to take. Regardless of intent, mistakes were made and I am paying for them.
People I trusted to do their jobs and to ensure the working order of the system we put in place for our sport failed me.”
As a biography, Tara Kirk was born on July 12, 1982 in Bremerton, Washington. She is 26 years old.
As a child, she was most serious about gymnastics. After she had taken a fall off of the uneven parallel bars and broke her arm, she started swimming as part of her rehab after the cast was removed, as she suffered nerve damage and her arm had shrunk, and she could not move her hand. She eventually excelled in swimming and the rest is history.
She attended Bremerton High School and graduated in 2000. She went on to Stanford University, where she set the world record in the 100 meter breaststroke at the Women’s NCAA Championships in 2004. She graduated in 2005 and received her Bachelor’s in Human Biology and her Master’s in Anthropological Sciences.
She was a silver medalist at the 2004 Summer Olympics, having won at the preliminary heats of the 400 Medley Relay. She placed 6th in the 100m breaststroke.
She has had many career highlights, which you can see here.
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