Dana was raised in Granbury, Texas and found great swimming success at a young age under Coach Ron Forrest at the Fort Worth Area Swim Team. At age 12, she was the youngest swimmer competing at the 2000 US Olympic Trials. To this day Dana remains at the top of her sport. Dana won four national titles and played a key role in taking the University of California Golden Bears to their first NCAA championship. Beyond college, Dana is having fun pursuing her career as a pro swimmer. She continues to train in Berkeley, Calif. under Coach Teri McKeever and is married to Stanford Swimming alumnus Andy Grant.
Dana’s greatest success in the pool came in 2012. At the London Olympics she won three gold medals and set two world records. Dana won gold medals in the 800 meter freestyle relay, the 400 meter medley relay and the 100 meter butterfly setting a world record and best time of 55.98. She was the first woman ever to swim the event under 56 seconds.
Dana swam on the Gold Medal winning 4x200m Free Relay, helping the team break a 17-year old World Record. Dana also finished 6th in the 200m Freestyle.
Dana won the 100m Butterfly, breaking the World Record and became the first woman to swim the event in under 56 seconds. She was also on the Gold Medal winning 4x200m Free Relay and 4x100m Medley Relay, the latter of which broke the World Record.
Dana's first child, son Arlen, was born and Momma on a Mission began!
Dana was on the Gold Medal winning 4x100m Medley Relay, becoming the first American mother to win a swimming Gold Medal. She was also on the Silver Medal 4x100 Free Relay that broke the American Record and won the Bronze Medal in individual 100m Butterfly.
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United States Olympic Committee
ATTN: Dana Vollmer
One Olympic Plaza
Colorado Springs, CO 80909
DO NOT send autograph requests to any other address. The USOC will forward all requests to Dana. Make sure to include the self-addressed, stamped envelope.