Dana Vollmer: The Definition of What it Really Means to be a Champion


Dana Vollmer, the first woman in history to swim the 100-meter butterfly in under 56 seconds took Gold at the London Olympics. “Vollmer, 24, set a world record in the 100-meter butterfly on the way to winning her first individual Olympic gold medal,” writes Karen Crouse for the New York Times. “She clocked 55.98 seconds.”

Like most people I know, I’m a big fan of the Olympics. Many of the athletes have incredibly inspiring stories of perseverance, determination, and true grit—all critical to lasting business success. Although Vollmer won a Gold for her contribution to the 4×200 freestyle relay in Athens in 2004, she failed to make the team for the Beijing Olympics in 2008.

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