Granbury salutes Olympic champion Dana Vollmer

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Posted on September 15, 2012 at 9:40 PM

Updated Saturday, Sep 15 at 10:06 PM

GRANBURY — Granbury celebrated "A Day with Dana" on Saturday, welcoming Olympic swimming champion Dana Vollmer back home with a full day of events — starting with a downtown parade.

Vollmer and her husband were embraced by a cheering crowd.

Vollmer — who won gold medals at the 2004 and 2012 Olympic Games — is now considered a local icon, and a role model to many.

Little girls currently taking part in the same swim program that gave Vollmer her start were jumping for joy to see her.

"It's one thing to win a gold medal," the Olympian said. "It's another to really see and appreciate how much it affects everyone and everyone's lives, and the little kids who get excited to do sports, and that's what this is all about."

While Vollmer is now living in California, she has now literally left her mark in Granbury.

Her footsteps and signature in cement will go on display at Acton Elementary School, and the city's swim center is already named in her honor.

As for Vollmer herself, she's relaxing this fall — then it's back to training, with her sights already set on the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

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