GRANBURY (CBSDFW.COM) – North Texan Dana Vollmer is an Olympic gold winner and her hometown of Granbury couldn’t be prouder. Leaders say Vollmer can expect an exuberant welcome home after her record-breaking performance at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Granbury Mayor Rickie Pratt is among the most excited after Vollmer’s historic performance in the 100-meter butterfly.
“The fact that she had this inspiration for quite some time and had the due diligence to follow it through… fantastic motivation for anybody,” he said.
Due diligence indeed — during Sunday’s 100-meter butterfly Vollmer was in third place at the turn but powered to the wall for a time of 55.98 seconds, beating the record of 56.06.
The attention Vollmer is receiving is also shining a light on the Hood County city that has a population around 8,000.
“I think it’s a fantastic day for our little community, “Pratt said excitedly, “knowing that Dana Vollmer was a Granbury graduate and now she has set a world record.”
The local municipal pool was renamed for Vollmer after her 2004 Olympic gold win. While residents wait for the 24-year-old to return they’ll be an opportunity to celebrate and have fun very soon.
Mayor Pratt said, “This weekend we are opening the city pool, with free admission, for anybody who want to come out and dive into the swimming pool that Dana swam in.”
Granbury leaders say they’re already planning what they call a “rousing” welcome home ceremony for Dana that will include a rally.
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