This morning on KIRO/Seattle, Christine Brennan joined me live from Beijing, where she’s covering the Summer Olympics for USA Today (read her blog).

She told a great story about Dara Torres, the 41-year-old mother of two who is competing in the pool at her fifth Olympics (Christine first met her as a 17-year-old at the 1984 games). We also talked about Michael Phelps’ chances to break Mark Spitz’s record by winning 8 gold medals, and the controversies surrounding the US swimming team in the wake of Jessica Hardy’s disqualification for drugs.

I also asked Christine about the pollution in Beijing and the masks some athletes are wearing to deal with it (the USOC has offered them to everyone on the team, but USA Today apparently hasn’t), and whether she thinks we’ll see any of them wearing the masks at the opening ceremonies on Friday.

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As I’ve done before when Christine has been on my show, I’ll recommend her book, “Best Seat In The House,” about growing up with sports as a bond with her father, which led to her becoming one of the country’s top sportswriters. It’s a terrific read and shows why she’s a role model to young women like my daughter.