Monday, July 17, 2017

The Beauty of Sport, Part Four: Missy Franklin

Missy Franklin was one of the breakout stars of American swimming at the 2012 Olympics in London.

She won the gold medals in the 100-meter and 200-meter backstroke races, ans she was also part of the winning 4×200-meter freestyle and the 4×100-meter medley relay teams. She wasn't as successful in 2016 at the Rio de Janeiro Games, but she did win a gold medal in the 4x200-meter freestyle relay.

In between, she won six gold medals at the 2013 World Championships in various backstroke and freestyle races.  

Ms. Franklin may be too old - at 25! - to compete at the 2020 Games, but she's already left a legacy that will ensure her place among the great swimmers of the United States.

Fin fact: Missy Franklin was born to Canadian parents in Pasadena, California, and she has dual Canadian/American citizenship.

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