12 Superstar Athletes Who Grew Up Here

These sports greats spent their formative years in Arlington, McLean and Falls Church.


Tom Dolan, Sports Illustrated

Tom Dolan

Gliding through the water like a dolphin (despite his asthma), Tom Dolan showed promise at a young age during his early morning training sessions at Washington Golf and Country Club. By the time he reached his high school years at Yorktown, Dolan set several American swimming records. At 21, he won a gold medal at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta. Four years later, he nabbed gold and silver at the 2000 Games in Sydney. He also was featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated and on a box of Wheaties. In 2012, after retiring from competitive swimming, Dolan opened a swim school in Sterling.

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