Olympic gold medalist Dana Vollmer has been announced as the 2016 Winter Commencement speaker at UC Berkeley. The 29-year-old has special ties to the campus, as it is the place where she attended as an undergrad student and is where she completed her NCAA and Pacific-10 career. While Vollmer couldn’t be reached for a comment, it is expected that she will share her story of hardships and victories with the students who are about to embark on their very own adventures after leaving UC Berkeley behind. She will be speaking at the Haas Pavilion, and campus committee is very excited to have her on board.
The Syracuse, New York native moved to Granbury, Texas as a child, where she began her swimming career under coach Ron Forrest at the Fort Worth Area Swim Team. She was the youngest swimmer to ever compete at the 2000 U.S. Olympic trials as a 12-year-old, even though she did not qualify for a spot on the team. Despite having heart surgery in 2003, Vollmer as come back even stronger to the pool and went on to compete at the 2004 Summer Olympics where she won her first gold medal. She also competed in the 2012 and 2016 Summer Olympic games and even became the first woman to win a medal after giving birth to a child.
Vollmer will be in California this winter to serve as the keynote speaker for UC Berkeley’s Winter Commencement Ceremony. Not only will this be meaningful to this group of students, but it will be a great day for Vollmer herself as she is an alumni of that school.
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