Photo: Washington Post
Missy Franklin may only be a 17-year-old soon to be high school senior, but she’s already breaking world swimming records and garnering attention from across the country.Missy’s been swimming in some capacity since she was a toddler and thanks to her tall genes (parents and grandparents on both sides of the family) she has all the physical advantages needed to dominate in the pool.
Endorsement and prize money riches are certainly in her future, but Missy plans on forgoing that for now in order to swim in college.
Her parents put her in early swim lessons so she wouldn't be afraid of the water like her mother.
She was the only baby at the lessons who didn't cry when it was time to dunk their heads in the water.
Source: Washington Post
Missy competed in the 2008 U.S. Olympic trials at the age of 13. Unfortunately, she finished no better than 37th in her heats and didn't qualify
Now 17, Missy has some of the same physical attributes that make Michael Phelps the perfect swimmer: long arms (6-foot-4 wing span), height advantage (6-foot-1) and big, flipper-like feet (size 13)
Missy has turned down hundreds of thousands of dollars in prize money to maintain her amateur status and swim in college
Missy's parents are Canadian, so she has dual citizenship. Her mother wanted her to swim for Canada to ease the pressure, but Missy couldn't shake her patriotism
Missy's coach Todd Schmitz uses an unusual approach, choosing to avoid burnout rather than pushing her body to the limit like most other coaches do
Missy says her favourite athlete is decorated U.S. Olympic swimmer Natalie Coughlin, who she ironically defeated in the 100-meter backstroke trials to qualify for London
Missy is trying to qualify for a total of five Olympic events: the 50-, 100-, and 200-meter freestyle and the 100- and 200-meter backstroke
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