RAQUEL TORRES - Was born on January 28, 1981, in La Vega, Dominican Republic. Her parents Hector Torres and Ana Medina had 4 children: Hector, Sofia, Raquel and Jorge, in that order.

They grew up in the city of La Vega, located in the Central Cibao region of Dominican Republic. In this small town, where there were only two bookstores, things were simple, life was quiet and safe. Raquel swam from the age of 3,  participating in children’s swimming events until about the age of 11.

Initially swimming was not her passion during her childhood years younger brother showed interest in biking and encouraged Rachel to join a local MTB club.  A few years later her swimming teacher, Manuel Jimenez, observing her agility and passion on the bike mentioned about a sport totally unknown to many called "Triatlon".