OT: Good News! Why Dana Volmer isn't swimming competitively
One week old news, but good news...
Congrats Dana and Andy!!
They seem think with the baby coming, she would be out of the Olympics but I know in T&F, where after giving birth the mom comes back stronger and are successful. It will be up hill but hopefully she doesn't give up swimming................
Originally Posted by PalyBear
Olympic Champion Dana Vollmer and Husband Andy Grant Expecting First Child
The wonderful news as reported by another site (see above).
lol @ this comment "Wonder what Terri McK thinka about Dana’s choice of spouses from an educational standpoint? Isn’t there a law about such intermarriages?"
Dana's dominating and WR breaking fly prowess on the international front is well-known, but she'd also be sorely missed by Team USA on the medley relay should she decide to retire from competitive swimming. Claire Donahue & Kendyl Stewart are solid long course butterfliers who are capable of qualifying for finals on the world stage, but they aren't currently and may never be close to Dana's amazing level. We'd actually be in some danger of losing this relay at Rio unless Katie McLaughlin comes to the rescue by then, although she's stronger in the 200 distance.
A few video reminders of the key contribution from Dana in her leg of the medley relay in London 2012, also at Barcelona 2013 & Shanghai 2011:
USA Break Women's 4 x 100m Medley World Record - London 2012 Olympics
Published on Aug 4, 2012
The USA's team of Missy Franklin, Rebecca Soni, Dana Vollmer and Allison Schmitt break the world record to win gold in the women's 4x100m medley in the Aquatics Centre at the London 2012 Olympic Games (4 August).
USA wins Relay, Franklin gets 6th Gold - Barcelona 2013 World Championships - Universal Sports
Published on Aug 4, 2013
In the Women's 4x100 Medley Relay, as Dana Vollmer, Jessica Hardy, and Megan Romano get the relay win, teammate Missy Franklin also wins a sixth gold medal, the first woman in history to do so
Shanghai 2011 -- FINA Swimming World Championships -- Women -- 4X100M Medley
Published on May 19, 2012
Women's 4x100 Medley Relay: For USA, Natalie Coughlin (back), Rebecca Soni (breast), Dana Vollmer (fly), Missy Franklin (free)
Last edited by UrsusArctosCalifornicus; 10-17-2014 at 05:31 PM.
Not to overlook Dana's WR here!
Vollmer Breaks World Record - Women's 100m Butterfly | London 2012 Olympics
Published on Jul 29, 2012
Highlights of the Women's 100m Butterfly as USA's Dana Vollmer breaks the world record as she won Gold during the London 2012 Olympic Games.
What’s My Workout: Dana Vollmer
Editors of FitBump- Dec 24
Elite swimmer Dana Vollmer has spent the better part of her life in a pool. But the 27-year-old, who is due to have her first child (a boy) on February 27, has gone beyond the water to prepare—and faced a few surprises along the way. “It was like my body was enduring the hardest weeks of practices I have ever done in my career,” she says of her first trimester. “I was taking four-hour naps almost daily.” The decorated butterfly and freestyle specialist—Vollmer most recently won three gold medals and set two world records at the 2012 Olympics in London—lives in Danville, California, and is throwing herself into prenatal yoga, long walks with her dog and workouts in her home gym. We checked in with her.
Q: Before you got pregnant, what made up your weekly training schedule?
A: A typical week included ten swimming workouts accompanied by four to five cardio/strength sessions.
Q: How did that change?
A: The first trimester was hard. It felt like all my energy had been zapped and my worst symptom was debilitating migraines. I went from doing spin classes, running and swimming to feeling like I was lucky if I got my dog out for a walk! It was a challenging flip, but I tried to just do the best I could each day.
Q: That’s rough. How did things develop from there?
A: Eventually the migraines subsided, my energy came back and so did my motivation to get back in the gym. I am now in my [home] gym almost every morning throughout the week doing a mix of cardio, strength and yoga or am out taking my bike for a ride.
Q: And I imagine you’re still swimming.
A: I’ll be doing three times a week in the pool for some cardio and movement work in the water. My mom told me that being in the water was heaven during [her] pregnancy. I have enjoyed using it as a release and as a way to relax compared to my normal intense water-training workouts.
Q: Any yoga?
A: I have fallen in love with prenatal yoga! It was hard to adjust to the more be-nice-to-your-body-style hip circles and stretches. But I have learned more about what my pregnant body needs and the prenatal yoga leaves me feeling toned, supports my posture as my belly grows and helps prepare my hips for the birth.
Q: Very nice! Did you need to jettison anything?
A: My husband and I, pre-pregnancy, had fallen in love with Ab Ripper X, the ab circuit for P90X. Through the first couple weeks I could still manage it, but once my growing belly reached a certain point my midwives advised against it. The ab routine I do now is much gentler and more about keeping tone than about actually building new core strength.
Q: Describe your pregnancy fitness philosophy in three words.
A: Strong, feel good!
Q: How does being an athlete affect the way you approach this?
A: I believe I became an elite athlete because of my love of exploring how the body moves and of being strong and fit. This continued into the pregnancy and wanting to do the best for my new child. From the beginning I was researching the best ways to stay strong and ways to prepare for labor. I now incorporate lots of hip openers, hip strengtheners and, of course, kegels! And the last few years of my training have been about healthy movements, posture and a great diet. Those habits have helped me make a great transition into my pregnancy. My coaches have been amazing, giving me new ways to think about working out, new exercises and a plan to keep my body as ready as it can be for birth and my athletic career afterwards.
Q: What advice would you give fellow pregnant women?
A: Switch your focus out of rep numbers or time spent and make your workouts about making your body feel good. It’s not about pushing the limits anymore. It’s about staying strong and active.
Q: And what have you learned that you’ll carry with you into your new mom role?
A: A new appreciation for what our bodies can do! Being an athlete, I defined my body by its ability to perform at an elite level. It’s been an amazing journey to step back from that view and see my body change with this growing boy—to know that it can handle childbirth and to really embrace this new body.
An Epic 2014!!
Last edited by UrsusArctosCalifornicus; 01-02-2015 at 05:55 PM.
Reason: added Dana's blog
Great News!! Congratulations Dana and Andy!!!
Originally Posted by PalyBear
Bad news=dad's a furd
Massive congrats on Arlen's sibling-to-be!
Dana - 13 Jan 2017
So excited to announce that we are welcoming a new little splasher to the family!!!! ❤️ #pamperspartner #3becoming4 #baby
BABY #2 ON THE WAY FOR OLYMPIC CHAMP DANA VOLLMER
U.S. Olympian Dana Vollmer took to Facebook to share some exciting news with swimming fans on Friday afternoon. The 2012 Olympic gold medalist and her husband, Andy Grant, are expecting their 2nd child in July 2017. That puts Vollmer at around 3 months pregnant now that we’re in January.
During the Rio Olympic Games this summer, Vollmer discussed her post-Olympic plans in an interview, telling NBC she was planning on having another baby. As far as swimming goes, she said she was unsure if she would retire or continue swimming after Rio, so there’s a chance we could see her back in the water before Tokyo 2020.
Vollmer gave birth to her first child, Arlen, on March 6th, 2015. Just 7 weeks later, she was back in the pool training. The 2015 U.S. National Championships rolled around 5 months after Arlen was born, and Vollmer was already rising through the ranks again. She placed 5th in the 100 meter fly at that meet. A year later, she earned her slot on the 2016 U.S. Olympic team. Vollmer went on to earn her second consecutive Olympic podium finish with her bronze medal in the 100 fly.
Last edited by UrsusArctosCalifornicus; 01-13-2017 at 06:13 PM.
Reason: SwimSwam (replaced their photo w/one of Dana wearing a Cal cap ;)
Is Nathan's current gal..and furd too? ID plez?
Originally Posted by UrsusArctosCalifornicus
Last edited by UrsusArctosCalifornicus; 02-14-2017 at 09:40 AM.
Didn't recognize her without her branches. Thanks.
DANA VOLLMER TO RETURN TO POOL FOR 50 FREE, WHILE PREGNANT, IN MESA
Dana Vollmer to Race While Pregnant at arena Pro Swim Mesa