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issy Franklin is the typical high school senior:
she’s going to prom, gearing up for her first
year in college, and excited about the future. except, in
golden globes and the Vmas, and has a huge swimming
career still ahead of her.
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missy’s case, she’s got five olympic medals, been to the
bY RacHeL LUtz
HOw DID YOU GET INTO SwIMMING?
wHAT’S lIfE lIKE fOR YOU OUTSIDE Of THE POOl?
I’ve basically been in the water since I was born. My mom was
terrified of the water, and she wanted me to be comfortable. When I
was six months old, she and I were taking “Mommy & Me” classes.
It’s a little hectic. I’m balancing school, all the media, and all the
traveling on top of my training. I have like four weeks of school left,
and then I am moving on to college! I haven’t bought stuff for my dorm
yet because I don’t know my roommate. We have to make sure none of
the colors clash and stuff. Hopefully I’ll be able to do that soon.
wHO wAS INflUENTIAl IN YOUR lIfE BOTH IN AND
OUT Of THE POOl?
My parents taught me to put 100% into things, and that hard work
pays off. Every day I know that’s the work ethic they raised me with.
But also my coach and my team. The good news is, we all go through
it together, and it’s good knowing you’re not alone.
AT wHAT POINT IN YOUR CAREER DID YOU REAlIzE AN
OlYMPIC GOlD MEDAl wAS POSSIBlE?
I think I’ve always wanted it to be possible, but you never really
“know.” You can always dream of wanting that but you can never
know if it’s possible.
wHAT wAS YOUR fIRST THOUGHT wHEN YOU
REAlIzED YOU wON OlYMPIC GOlD?
“Did this just happen? Am I really here right now? Is this actually
happening?” Over and over and over again.
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HOw HAS THAT GOlD MEDAl CHANGED YOUR lIfE?
I describe it as not changing my life, but as changing a part of my life. A
lot of my life is exactly the same. But on the weekends, I get to go to all
these amazing events like the VMAs and the Golden Globes!
wHAT ARE YOUR PlANS fROM HERE?
Prom is May 4 (I’m going with my best friend!), and then I graduate on
the 20th. World Championship Trials are in June, then the meet is in
July. Then I go to Cal in August for my first year of college, and NCAAs
are in March, which I’m dying for. Kind of just the same thing over
again for the next year. As of right now, the plan would be to go pro in
2015, which was a hard decision because I want to swim all four years in
college, but I know financially I’ve already given up so much. Right now,
that’s the plan, but it’s all in God’s hands. Anything can happen!
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Splash - May/June 2013
Splash - May/June 2013
Table of Contents
Swim Briefs/Justin Case
Top Ten Tweets/Point-Counterpoint
Strength and Conditioning: You don’t know Squat!
Nutrition: What to Eat Before, During and After a Workout
Mental Training: Quick Tips for Addressing Your Mental Concerns
Lessons from the Masters
Best Race Ever
Swim Nut Zeke
Getting To Know
America’s Swim Team Athletes
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