Gold medalist Dana Vollmer takes Izzy inside her Granbury home

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by CYNTHIA IZAGUIRRE

WFAA

Posted on September 14, 2012 at 8:32 AM

Updated Friday, Sep 14 at 9:00 AM

GRANBURY - A four-time Olympic Gold medalist and world record holder, swimmer Dana Vollmer was raised in Granbury.

Vollmer invited Cynthia Izaguirre into the home where she was raised to talk about her journey as an Olympian and how one special tattoo became a family affair.

"Granbury has been my support system my entire career," Vollmer said. "Coming from a small town, everyone knows who you are, all your friends are involved. I've grown up with the same people since kindergarten just feeling like the whole town is my family."

Swimming competitively since she was a little girl, Vollmer's success has not come without incredible perseverance.

"When I was 14, I was diagnosed with a heart condition," she said.

At the age of 15, Vollmer underwent heart surgery. Doctors allowed Vollmer to continue with athletics as long as she had a defibrillator constantly nearby. Understanding what this meant, Vollmer was afraid to touch the device.

"My mom carried the defibrillator everywhere," she said. "I didn't have to touch it. Now, I've touched it, but at the time when I was 16 going into the Olympics I refused to touch it."

Overcoming health issues, Vollmer and the relay team went on to win gold in the 2004 Olympics in Athens. This past summer in London, she had one goal to accomplish.

"My whole goal was to get an individual gold," she said.

Vollmer chased the world record for the 100 meter butterfly.

Watch the video to learn more about that journey


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