Some Lesser Known Facts About Dana Vollmer
- Does Dana Vollmer smoke?: Not known
- Does Dana Vollmer drink alcohol?: Not Known
- She contributed to the team for winning a gold medal in the 2004 Olympics, doing the 4×100-meter medley relay and 4×200-meter freestyle relay.
- Vollmer won her first individual medal at the 2016 Olympics, when she not only won a gold but also broke a world record, adding one to her name. She was also part of the team winning gold in the 4 x 100 m medley relay and 4 x 200 freestyle relay.
- She ranked second in the 100 m Butterfly at the 2016 trials. This doesn’t guarantee a position in the Olympics team, but in the US, it does.
- She has 32 medals totaling from her performances in the Olympics, World Championships, Pan America Games, Pan Pacific and the Goodwill games. The 32 medals pie chart is made of 19 gold, 8 silver and 5 bronze medals.
- Vollmer has a heart condition called supraventricular tachycardia, which makes her heart beat at the rate of around 240 beats per minute! She underwent a surgery that corrected it, but she was advised by the doctors to keep a heart defibrillator along the poolside, in case there is an emergency.
- She won four honorable mention in the All-Americans in the NCAA, as a freshman, while swimming for University of Florida.
- Dana was the most valuable player for the team California Golden Bears. She was the Pac-10 swimmer of the year 2009 and college swimmer of the year. Swimming under California Golden Bears, she earned 20 All-American honors and won an individual NCAA championship in the 100 m butterfly in 2007 and led the Golden Bears to glory winning their first NCAA team championship in 2009.
- She was the first player to compete to qualify for the 2000 Olympic Trials and was the youngest swimmer to compete at the 2001 Goodwill games at the age of 13.
- After the 2012 Olympics, Dana had made her mind to retire and her whole family was ready for it. She was pregnant and wanted to give her time to the baby. She was prescribed bed rest because of her pregnancy until the 39th week of her pregnancy. She missed the practice and her teammates while she was on bed rest.
- She did not like the water when she was pregnant and hated to be in the water unlike her mother. She missed her usual swimming body. Although she decided to continue swimming after she delivers the baby.
- She became definite of competing, when Sarah Sjostrom broke her world record in the 100 m butterfly. She would breastfeed her baby Arlen before, after and even during the swimming practice sometimes, until her doctor asked her not to wake up her baby at 4:30 AM.
- She resumed practice on her own after pregnancy and would keep her stomach tight while sitting or lying and joined the boot camp for mothers and was back to Cal for her first work out in seven weeks.
- Dana “did” prove to be a Super Mom and succeeded in the mission Momma on a Mission, as she has cleared the 2016 US Rio Olympics trials and qualified for the 100 m Butterfly stroke event.
- She has majored in Anthropology and plans on taking marketing as a career in the future.
- Vollmer has an English Bulldog, named Mallie.
- Dana swims 12 kms a day, that takes her 5.5 hours. She practices in two shifts and 5-6 days a week.
- Unlike Nathan Adrian, who is afraid of open waters, Vollmer trains in the Ocean under the coach Milt Nelms. Other than her practice in the water, she keeps fit with Pilates, spin classes, volleyball, ballroom dance and hip-hop.
- Vollmer was devastated after not being able to clear for the 2008 Olympics, so, her US coach got in touch with an Australian coach and sent Dana to Fiji to swim with the Dolphin. Dolphins actually worked their charm and Vollmer found her lost love for the sport again.
- She hated the rumors that she has retired. She never retired, she left the option open for herself. It’s not a comeback, she never went away.
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