Dana Vollmer and Jeanette Ottesen Training For 2020 As New Moms

Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

Three-time Olympian Dana Vollmer has been very vocal about her intent to swim for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. Vollmer made the 2016 Olympic Team after becoming a mother earlier in the Olympic quad.

Vollmer was the 2012 Olympic gold medalist in the 100 fly where she broke the world record. She “never did retire” after placing third at the 2013 World Championships in the 100 fly. She came back to swimming in the summer of 2015 and made the 2016 Olympic Team.

She gave birth to her second child in July 2017, and has since stated she is on another comeback to make the 2020 Olympic Team. If she were to make her fourth team, she would be the fourth American woman to make four teams after Jenny ThompsonAmanda Beard and Dara Torres made at least four. Torres swam on five Olympic teams in her career.

On Thursday via Instagram, Vollmer announced she again was training for 2020, but this time would be joined by three-time Danish Olympian Jeanette Ottesen.

Ottesen has not competed since the 2016 Short Course World Championships where she won the gold in the 50 fly.

Ottesen, now 30, is coming off an Olympic campaign where she was seventh in the 100 fly and eighth in the 100 free. She did salvage a disappointing Olympics with a bronze medal in the 4×100 medley relay for Team Denmark, their first relay Olympic medal since 1948.

Ottesen became a mother eight months ago and announced in May that she was starting her comeback to swimming via her Instagram account.

Both swimmers are a part of Team TYR and both swimmers were in the last two Olympic finals in the 100 fly. Vollmer won gold in 2012 while Ottesen was sixth, and Vollmer won bronze in 2016 while Ottesen was eighth. Both swimmers are also 30-years-old and will be 32 by the Tokyo final.

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Andy Ross is the new man on board at Swimming World. He is based out of Fort Lauderdale, Florida at the International Swimming Hall of Fame. He is a 2017 graduate of Southern Illinois University where he graduated cum laude.

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