The Olympics has been on in our house every single night since the Opening Ceremony! Since we’re a GIGANTIC swimming family, the swimming portion took center stage for us. We watched intently – cheering on Team USA in every swim they were in! It was incredible to see the fast swimming and so many of our athletes grace the medal stand. Dana Vollmer is one of our family’s most favorite swimmers on Team USA! We’ve followed her for years and she’s just such an inspiration! She’s a go-getter! Watching her swim the butterfly in the medley relay (which went GOLD) was awesome! Our sons love the swim the butterfly, so we kept showing them Dana Voller and her arms and how graceful and quick she is in the water! Seeing that relay win GOLD was just INCREDIBLE!
Dana Vollmer for Pampers
I had the awesome opportunity to interview Dana Vollmer after swimming ended at the Olympics! She was kind enough to answer all of my questions! Dana has a partnership with Pampers and the Thank You, Mom Campaign, so I was beyond excited when she stopped by the P&G Family Home to answer some questions! This was a very special Olympics for Dana, as it was her first games since giving birth to her son Arlen last March. Her partnership with Pampers is a perfect match!
Dana Vollmer Interview
How do you keep yourself focused in training and balance motherhood at the same time?
It’s always been about time management. My priorities have shifted and being a mom now comes first, but swimming is the time I take just for myself. To keep myself focused on training, one tip I have always held myself to is that I will not make the decision not to go to training when I am still in bed. I’ll get up, go brush my teeth and move around and then decide what I really want to do.
As a mom to 4 competitive swimmers (8,9,10,11) and knowing the amount of time one must put in the pool to compete – what’s one thing you’ve learned about yourself after spending countless hours in the pool?
How much teammates and friends count. I couldn’t do this on my own. I’m not a person that likes to go to the gym by myself – For me, it’s about fun and pushing my body with others.
What does it feel like to stand on that podium and receive a medal?
Just so much pride. I really love how Missy Franklin put it – When you’re behind the blocks you think about all of the people that have their hands on their hearts. That support of – not just your team – but an entire country is crazy.
What advice would you give to all the athletes out there who look up to you as a hero?
I love to set incredibly high goals, and while I think those are really important it’s also the daily goals that keep you going and motivated. I feel like it’s easy to get lost or discouraged when you have bad days, so setting daily goals to get to that bigger goal is so important.
What have you loved about your partnership with Pampers?
I couldn’t ask for a better partner than Pampers. For me, they represent everything about my comeback. It isn’t solely about being an Olympic athlete, it’s all about families and who I am as a mom. It’s about doing both, and Pampers diapers allow me to do that by providing overnight protection that helps Arlen have a sound night sleep, so he – and I – can continue to achieve our dreams.
When did you know that you were swimming at a level that was incredible enough to see the Olympics as an actual possibility?
It’s been a long journey even though it’s only been 16 months. That’s what I think is so cool about it – I had not not broken a minute since I was 14 years old, so when I was came back and realized how far the Olympics really was for me I just kept chipping away and getting faster and faster at every meet. I eventually got fourth at Nationals and thought maybe I can do this.
Would you love your child to swim?
I would love to share my passion for swimming with him – He’s already in the pool and doing swimming lessons – but I was raised playing every sport under the sun so I want him to do the same and find what he’s most passionate about.
How amazing is Dana Vollmer?
About Dana Vollmer
Dana Vollmer is an American competition swimmer, Olympic gold medalist, and former world record-holder. At the 2004 Summer Olympics, she won a gold medal as a member of the winning United States team in the 4×200-meter freestyle relay that set the world record in the event.