Olympic Day set

June 19, 2013

Dana Vollmer, Eddie Lane and Thane Baker have made Granbury and the Olympic Games synonymous.

And Saturday, the Granbury SEALS will host Olympic Day in conjunction with their first home swim meet of the summer Saturday at the Dana Vollmer Municipal Swim Center.

Baker and Lane will lead a list of Olympians on hand to sign autographs at the pool and visit with swimmers and other fans in attendance.

“It’s good for youngsters to dream, and they’re going to see proof that dreams come true,” said Lane, who is also the event organizer.

Lane was a trainer at three Summer Olympics, including the famous 1972 Games in Munich in which terrorists took hostages. It resulted in the death of 11 Israeli athletes and coaches, a West German police officer, and five Black September militants.

Lane was also a trainer during the 1968 Mexico City Games and 1996 Games, the latter in Atlanta, where a bomb explosion killed one and injured 111 others.

Olympic athletes appearing Saturday include Doug Russell, who won a gold medal in the butterfly in 1968. In doing so, he defeated Mark Spitz, who would seven gold medals in the 1972 Games.

Jim Montgomery won gold in freestyle swimming in 1976 in Montreal. He is the first man to break the 50-second barrier in the 50-meter event.

Ryan Berube swam to gold in the 1996 Olympics as aprt of the 400-meter medley relay.

Baker, like Lane, is a Granbury resident. Between 1952 in Helsinki, Finland, and 1956 in Melbourne, Australia, he won a gold, two silvers and a bronze.

Olympic weight lifter Sammy Walker (1976), who is also president of the Southwest Olympians, will be there, as will Matt Wood from the Dallas 2024 Bid Committee.

On display at the pool will be a collection of pins from the 1968, 1972 and 1996 Games, along with Dana Vollmer’s Golden Goggle award from the 2012 London Olympics. There will also be a commemoration of SEALS coach Janet Steenberge into the Texas Amateur Athletic Hall of Fame.

The meet gets under way at 8 a.m. with flag raising ceremonies and Olympic introductions.

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