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Dana
Vollmer
United States of AmericaUnited States of America, USA
Swimming

Biography

Further Personal Information

Date of birth
13 November 1987
Height
186 cm
Weight
68 kg
Marital status
Married
Family
Husband Andy Grant, sons Arlen [2015] and Ryker [2017]
Residence
Danville, CA, USA
Occupation
Athlete, Motivational Speaker
Languages
English
Higher education
Anthropology - University of California: Berkeley, CA, USA

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began swimming at age five.
Why this sport?
"My mother had me on a pool deck before I could even walk."
Club / Team
California Aquatics: Berkeley, CA, USA
Name of coach
Teri McKeever [personal]

General Interest

Hobbies
Woodworking, crafts, interior design, playing the piano. (usaswimming.org, 06 Aug 2016)
Most influential person in career
Her parents. (usaswimming.org, 06 Aug 2016)
Hero / Idol
US swimmer Jenny Thompson. (abcnews.go.com, 12 Aug 2016)
Injuries
She was affected by a shoulder injury at the 2013 World Championships in Barcelona, Spain. (reachforthewall.com, 11 Aug 2015)

She sustained back and shoulder injuries during her first year at the University of Florida in the United States of America. (US Swimming, 18 Jan 2007)

She tore the anterior cruciate ligament [ACL] in her right knee in 2001. (NBC Olympics, 29 Jul 2004)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
Before each competition she writes one word on her right foot [her front leg that she jumps off with], which is the last thing she sees before diving into the pool. (today.com, 09 Aug 2016)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"I'm doing this really because I love it, and I want to challenge myself." (star-telegram.com, 07 Aug 2015)
Awards and honours
She was named the 2009 National Collegiate Athletic Association [NCAA] Swimmer of the Year, Pac-10 Swimmer of the Year, the winner of the Honda Sports Award for Swimming and the USA Swimming Perseverance Award. (swimnetwork, 09 Dec 2010)
Famous relatives
Her brother Nick is a third-degree karate black belt and owns a karate studio with a friend. He has taught her self-defence. Her husband Andy swam for Stanford University in the United States of America. (reachforthewall.com, 11 Aug 2015; USA Swimming, 18 Jul 2012; NBC Olympics, 29 Jul 2004)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (olympics.nbcsports.com, 11 May 2018)
Other information
TIME AWAY FROM SWIMMING
She did not compete for almost two years after the 2013 World Championships in Barcelona, Spain. She gave birth to her first child, Arlen, in February 2015, before returning to training in May 2015 and going on to win a gold medal with the US 4x100m medley relay team at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Her second son, Ryker, was born in July 2017 and she was back in light training by the middle of the following month. She had competed at national swimming events until three months before Ryker's birth. "The race is only 30 seconds long as opposed to the entire day I spend holding and chasing around a 35 pound two-year-old [son Arlen]. Putting the health of the baby first doesn't just mean sitting on the couch." She returned to competitive swimming at the Pro Swim Series event in Austin, TX, United States of America, in January 2018. (swimswam.com, 04 Jan 2018; Twitter profile, 17 Aug 2017; bbc.co.uk, 15 Apr 2017; nbcolympics.com, 13 Aug 2016; olympics.nbcsports.com, 11, May 2018, 21 Jun 2015)

ALLERGIES
After becoming fatigued easily in training she saw a nutritionist who discovered she had a number of allergies, which include eggs and gluten. (today.com, 09 Aug 2016; washingtonpost.com, 25 Jul 2011)

EARLY DAYS
She competed at the US trials for the 2000 Olympic Games at age 12, and was the youngest competitor at the event. (Facebook page, 29 Nov 2016)