Hometown honoring Olympic hero Dana

Last month Dana Vollmer swam to three gold medals in the Olympics in London.

On Saturday, Sept. 15, the city of Granbury will honor its champion with a “Day With Dana.”

The event will begin with a motorcade at 11 a.m. It will proceed down Pearl Street through the square and end at City Park, home of the Dana Vollmer Municipal Swim Center. Vollmer is set to be in the lead car, a 1964 gold Mustang convertible.

Vollmer set a world record of 55.98 seconds in winning the 100-meter butterfly in London. She was also part of a world-record-setting (3:52.05) 400 medley relay and helped set an Olympic record (7:42.92) in the 800 free relay, winning gold in both of those events as well.

The Day With Dana will include a ribbon cutting, proclamations and picnic in the park, complete with food vendors and giveaways. Vollmer will also speak publicly on her London experience.

“It’s just fantastic. We need to pull all the stops out,” said Granbury Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Mike Scott. “We’re going to encourage the business community to put all their signs out and show how much we support Dana.” At City Park and the Swim Center, children will be invited to participate in Olympic-style games coordinated by Nick Vollmer, brother of Dana and coach of the Granbury High swim team.

Scott said Vollmer will be signing autographs at H-E-B the Friday night before at a time to be announced.

Vollmer is one of only 13 female swimmers who have won four or more Olympic gold medals. She won gold in 2004 as part of the 800 free relay.

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