Dana Vollmer Meets Hundreds of Kids at Granbury Boys and Girls Club

Olympic gold medalist humbled by all the love and support

By Mark Schnyder
|  Friday, Sep 14, 2012  |  Updated 7:36 PM CDT
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Friday was National Kids Day at the Boys and Girls Club and the kids in Granbury got to meet three-time gold medalist Dana Vollmer.

Mark Schnyder, NBC 5 News

Friday was National Kids Day at the Boys and Girls Club and the kids in Granbury got to meet three-time gold medalist Dana Vollmer.

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Dana Vollmer smiled for cameras and signed posters for two hours straight at the Granbury Boys and Girls Club Friday.  Her big parade and celebration is Saturday morning.

Vollmer told NBC 5 her life is very different now in Granbury. 

She's always getting recognized and knows she's now a celebrity, but she seems truly humbled by it and appreciative of all the positive attention.

She seemed to get a real kick out of meeting so many kids Friday.

"It's amazing getting to see everyone's faces and getting to interact and hearing the kids' stories of watching the Olympics and being inspired," Vollmer said. 

Some shop owners around the town square have signs supporting their three-time Olympic gold medalist in their windows.

The First National Bank of Granbury painted a swimmer, a gold medal and the Olympic rings on its windows.

JoEllen Claiborne runs one of the shops celebrating Vollmer.  She's excited about Saturday's parade.

"I think it's great, I really do, I think we should all be out there throwing confetti," said Claiborne. "It's quite a boost to this town because we are so proud of her. I don't think anybody let a day go by where they weren't glued to the TV watching her swim. It was amazing."

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