7x Olympic Medalist and 16x World Championship Medalist Dana Vollmer Retires from Competitive Swimming

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After a storied career, 7x Olympic Medalist, 16x World Championship Medalist and American Record Holder Dana Vollmer has announced she will retire from competitive swimming after this summer’s USA Swimming Nationals.

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“Other parts of my life are asking for my time and attention. This week I am leaving elite level swimming. This is not letting go of a dream; it’s having the ambition to start a new one! While it is sad to see this chapter of my life coming to a close, I do it with a full heart,” said Vollmer.

At just twelve years of age, Dana Vollmer began her quest for Olympic success as the youngest swimmer to compete in the 2000 Olympic trials. Today, the butterfly specialist is a 5x Olympic gold medalist, and has broken and set world records at the games in both Athens and London. Dana is the first woman in history to ever swim the 100m butterfly in under 56 seconds, which still stands as the fastest time ever recorded by an American. She made her most recent Olympic appearance in Rio de Janeiro after having her first child, and is affectionately known today as the “Momma on a Mission.” In addition to earning seven Olympic medals, she has also earned sixteen world championship medals over the course of her career.

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Dana Vollmer; Photo Courtesy: Erich Schlegel-USA TODAY Sports

“Dana has left an incredible legacy on the sport of swimming, and we will always be proud to call her part of the TYR family,” said Matt DiLorenzo, CEO of TYR Sport. “We look forward to supporting Dana in the next phase of her career, and congratulate her on all her remarkable
achievements.”

Fans will have a final chance to see Vollmer race the 100 butterfly at Stanford’s Avery Aquatic Center on Friday, August 2nd at the 2019 U.S. National Championships, where she will also be signing autographs. To read Vollmer’s personal letter on her decision to retire, please visit http://blog.tyr.com .

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28 comments

  1. Kelly Selch Zancanaro

    Congrats on an amazing career and continued love and support of your family😘

  2. Joey Moffitt

    Anna Moffitt no more momma on a mission

    • Anna Moffitt

      Joey Moffitt I’m gonna miss watching her swim

    • Brandi West

      Joey Moffitt Momma on a new mission

    • Nada Ezz

      favvv mama athlete foreverrr❤️

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    Anne Pelton

    Congrats on a fabulous career! It was always a great pleasure watching you swim.

  4. Vivian Choi Fonger

    Will forever miss ur awesome butterfly races

  5. Brent Fletcher

    We will take her over in US U.S. Masters Swimming 🙂

  6. Bob McKeon

    She was great swimmer – Tks for making us so proud of USA

  7. Marina Friedrich

    To a great athlete, congrats on your retirement 🎉🎉

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    Nathan

    I didn’t even know she was still swimming……..

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    I don’t usually comment but I gotta say thanks for the post on this great one :D.

  10. Susan L. Lansbury

    thsnks for your fight! your competitiveness, your. inspiration!!!!! you are amazing❤️

  11. Norwo Ezra John

    thank you for your great work and made us all proud to be ameircans

    • Lisa Bendall

      Norwo Ezra John ameircans?

    • Norwo Ezra John

      Lisa Bendall I’m sure I’m more patriotic than you. Proud state of Hawaii

  12. Lisa Bendall

    Congratulations on your incredible career. Enjoy the time with your children

  13. Carrie Tran

    Will miss Dana in the pool, but so happy for her and her family! All the best for her next chapter! New exciting adventures awaiting !!

  14. Tom Welch

    Enjoy your retirement Dana!!