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Vollmer redeemed with record gold

Updated: July 29, 2012, 10:52 PM ET
By Wayne Drehs

LONDON -- No matter how hard she tried, no matter how much she squinted, Dana Vollmer couldn't find what she was looking for. For the first time in her life, she stood atop an Olympic podium all by herself, a gold medal around her neck, a world record on the scoreboard. And all she wanted was to find her husband and parents in the stands.

She scanned the crowd above hoping her eyes would connect with theirs. Maybe she could mouth the words, "thank you." She knew she wouldn't ...

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