It’s Olympic gold for Missy Franklin—and a new world record for the 200-meter backstroke. Franklin has proven to be a rising sensation both during and after the recent London 2012 Olympic Games. Four-time Olympic gold medalist, Missy Franklin is 17-years-old and from Centennial, Colorado. Before the games started Franklin told the Los Angeles Times, “Right now, all of my races are dedicated back home to Colorado. No matter how well I do, I'm going to give my best in every single race, and every single race, I'm going to have that Colorado incident on my mind." Franklin’s kind-hearted remarks have made her a community role model.
Franklin’s performances at the Games were inspiring. Franklin took part in several Olympic events, and medaled in the following events: 100-meter backstroke—Gold; 200-meter backstroke—Gold and set a new world record; 4x100 freestyle—Bronze; 4x200 freestyle—Gold; and the 4x100 medley—Gold. She also competed in the 100-meter freestyle where she finished fifth, and the 200-meter freestyle where she finished fourth.
Interestingly, Franklin’s swimming career has remained unorthodox as she has had the same coach throughout her career and has turned down several endorsements to meet NCAA regulations so that she could retain college swimming eligibility.
With character, Missy Franklin has become the new face of U.S. swimming.
To keep up to date with Franklin follow her on Twitter, @FranklinMissy.