Colorado’s Missy Franklin: Olympian Hopeful

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At a young age of seven, Melissa Franklin (Missy Franklin) competed in swimming, but she had no idea she would be competing in the Olympics Trials by sixteen.

At a young age of seven, Melissa Franklin (Missy Franklin) competed in swimming, but she had no idea she would be competing in the Olympics Trials by sixteen. Now it's time for Missy to shine… Her chance at being in the Olympics is coming up. Holding two American records, she will soon go for the gold in the Olympic Trials. Every day Missy is in the water practicing for the Trials, but she's only sixteen, and she has to make time for school.

 

Franklin attends Regis High School. She plans to continue swimming there and is very anxious for the Trials. She doesn't know which college she wants to go, but she's considering multiple schools. She spends two hours in the pool in the morning for three days a week, then two hours again in the afternoon five days a week, on top of that Franklin does one hour of weights three times a week, and dry land practice for one hour three times a week. Somehow Franklin makes time for school dances like prom and homecoming unlike competitors who are mostly post-grads. Missy's height also helps considering she's six feet tall and has pretty big feet at the size of thirteen.

 

She is very passionate about swimming and almost craves to get back in the pool. Some kids want to be on their video games or on the computer, well this teen wants to be in the pool practicing all she can for the Trials.

 

The Olympic Trials is next summer in Omaha, Nebraska. Missy started swimming on the same team as now which is the Denver, Stars. When she was little she loved a ton of different sports, but swimming stayed at the top of the list and soon became her number one sport.

 

Missy just competed in the International Championships in Shanghai, China. She got three gold medals, two silver medals, and one bronze medal. First she flew all the way to Australia to get used to the time change, then she flew to Shanghai, then she had to fly back to California to go to the National Championships.

 

You could probably imagine how frightening the Olympic Trials would be, but she's been she's being quite modest about the whole thing. "I have a lot of confidence going into Trials, but at the same time I have to keep a level head and just go in there not knowing what's going to happen because it's swimming." Franklin said. Missy has worked her way to the Trials considering her total of sixty-six trophies and the extremely large amount of ribbons.

 

Since school has started, she hasn't been able to practice as much as she wants to, and she misses swimming. Overall Missy is one remarkable Colorado kid (teen).