Dana Vollmer

*** Happy Birthday Dana Vollmer ***She is an American swimmer, Olympic gold medalist, and world record holder. At the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece she won a gold medal as a member of the winning United States team in the 4×200-meter freestyle relay that set the world record in the event.[3] Eight years later at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Vollmer set the world record on her way to the gold medal in the 100-meter butterfly and won gold in the 4×100-meter medley relay and 4×200-meter freestyle relay.

Vollmer has won a total of thirty two medals in major international competitions, including nineteen gold medals, eight silver, and five bronze, spanning the Olympics, the World Championships, the Pan American Games, the Pan Pacific Championships, and the Goodwill Games.

In 2003, Vollmer underwent heart surgery to correct a condition called supraventricular tachycardia, which produces a quickened pulse rate of about 240 beats per minute. After that surgery, an electrocardiogram indicated to her cardiologists that she might have the Long QT Syndrome. Then, further testing ruled out this condition. In any case, her physicians recommend that she always have a defibrillator at the poolside whenever she swims in case of a heart emergency.

Vollmer is an avid ambassador of the American Heart Association’s program called “Go Red for Women.”

She is married to Andy Grant, a former swimmer for Stanford University. The couple announced they were expecting their first child on October 10, 2014.

 

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