Dana Vollmer TED Talk, My Golden Heart

Dana Vollmer, the 2012 Olympic Champion in the 100m butterfly, has a story to tell, and the more she lives, the more interesting it gets.

If you don’t know about her heart condition or her history going back to the 2000 Olympic Trials, watch the video.   Presently, she’s coming off of a break from competition to start a family, returning with a lot of that old butterfly power. Recently, at the Mesa Pro Swim, she swam a 56.9 100m fly, her best in-season time ever.  She’s on track to swim fast in Omaha at U.S. Olympic Trials.  Do yourself favor and learn more about this 4-time Olympic Champion.

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An American swimmer, Olympic gold medalist and world record holder. At age 12, she was the youngest swimmer competing at the 2000 Olympic Trials. In 2012 Olympic Games in London she won gold three gold medals and set two world records. Dana won gold medals in the 800 meter free relay, the 400 meter medley relay and the 100 meter fly setting a world record and best time of 55.98.

Dana is a proud ambassador for the American Heart Association. Due to Dana’s experience with a heart condition as a child, she is proud to support AHA in their mission to educate women about heart disease.


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4 years ago

great stuff..

Grateful Swim Mom
4 years ago

Great job, Dana. The shout-out to your mom really moved me because I had the privilege of meeting her more than 15 years ago. She’s had a special place in my heart ever since because she was very kind and helpful to my daughter and me, who usually had to travel to big meets without a coach. Your mom always made sure we were informed about meet decisions/changes since I couldn’t attend the coaches’ meeting. I will always remember her kindness and support. Thank you for sharing your struggles, and thank you to both of you for just being awesome.

4 years ago

This is a great talk, especially the bit about ‘re-discovering’ Omaha and ‘re-setting’ in her mind the scene as new and fun. Loved it. Really hoping she’s on the team in Rio.

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Gold Medal Mel Stewart

MEL STEWART Jr., aka Gold Medal Mel, won three Olympic medals at the 1992 Olympic Games. Mel's best event was the 200 butterfly. He is a former World, American, and NCAA Record holder in the 200 butterfly. As a writer/producer and sports columnist, Mel has contributed to Yahoo Sports, Universal Sports, …

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