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Thread: Missy - Outstanding Achievement of the Year (2013)

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    Outstanding Achievement of the Year (2013) + misc Missy news


    Very deserved award for Missy Franklin and her former coach Schmitz:


    December 23, 2013| Craig Lord
    SwimVortex Awards: Top Hat To Missy Franklin, Todd Schmitz

    Outstanding achievement: Missy Franklin and coach Todd Schmitz (new coach Teri McKeever in the background in Barcelona) - images by Patrick B. Kraemer and Craig Lord

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    10 Legends in Progress to Follow in 2014

    More recognition for Missy! (Swimswam article below):


    10 Legends in Progress to Follow in 2014

    WOMEN (again in no order)

    Missy Franklin

    Missy Franklin has also achieved much in a short career, already owning a pair of individual Olympic titles and four individual world titles. She’s arguably the favorite to finish her career as the women’s leader in both; she will have ample opportunities to get the four more Olympic golds required to hold the record outright. Franklin may be the most dominant swimmer in an event today. Who else could add over half a second to a personal best time and still win a world title by two seconds? She is by far and away the best in the 200 back, which is actually quite reminiscent of the very person Franklin is chasing in Olympic medal haul. Krisztina Egerszegi won five individual Olympic golds and has the legacy to beat in the women’s 200 backstroke: the second ever three-peat, culminated by a four second margin of victory in Atlanta 1996. Missy has the potential to come close in 2016 and 2020, but only time can tell if she will take her 200 back to an even greater height.

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    "The Current" - Documentary featuring Missy


    Not an award per se, but of definite interest:

    'The Current,' featuring Mallory Weggemann and Missy Franklin, Set For Film Festival Debut
    "A little less than a year after traveling to the Caribbean Sea to film the documentary "The Current," Paralympian Mallory Weggemann and Olympian Missy Franklin will have the opportunity to see themselves on the big screen at the February 16 world premiere at the Boulder International Film Festival.

    Weggemann and Franklin are scheduled to attend the premiere, which will also feature director Kurt Miller. The film highlights the abilities of disabled athletes such as Weggemann using water-based sports to find freedom in movement and persevering through the limitations imposed on their disabilities.

    Weggemann and Franklin traveled to Bimini and the Bahamas in March 2013, where Miller filmed them scuba diving with dolphins. Franklin's participation with the film is as ambassador for the Make-A-Hero campaign.

    The 45-minute documentary is scheduled to make its world debut at 3 p.m. at Boulder High School. Click here to purchase tickets:


    Mallory Weggemann and Missy Franklin train together in an oceanside pool in the Bahamas. Courtesy: Jeremy Snyder/TheFactoryAgency

    Mallory Weggemann; Missy Franklin to Attend Premiere of “The Current” Documentary in Boulder on Sunday


    Franklin and Weggemann will both be in attendance for the premier on Sunday. Franklin will fly out on Saturday after the team’s dual meet with arch-rivals Stanford.

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    More on Missy & Cal:


    Missy Franklin following Mikaela Shiffrin while swimming for Cal Bears

    By Nick Kosmider
    The Denver Post

    Posted: 02/08/2014 12:01:00 AM MS

    University of California freshman swimmer Missy Franklin smiles during a news conference in this Aug. 28, 2013, file photo in Berkeley, Calif. (Ben Margot, The Associated Press)

    In most ways, Missy Franklin is eager to watch any amount of the Sochi Winter Olympics that her unrelenting schedule will allow. And she knows at least one athlete for whom she will be rooting.

    "Mikaela Shiffrin and I have tweeted at each other a couple times," Franklin said of Colorado's alpine skiing star and fellow Olympic teenager. "So I can't wait to see how she does. I know she'll have a blast."

    Franklin admits she isn't as excited, though, about what happens once the lights go out in Sochi. That's when the Olympic spotlight will quickly turn to Rio de Janeiro and the 2016 Summer Games.

    "And I'm not ready for that," Franklin said in a recent phone interview with The Denver Post, her words accompanied by her typical exuberant laugh. "I absolutely love where I am right now. I'm so focused on the short term and focusing on what I need to be focusing on right now."

    For Franklin, now 18 months removed from swimming her way to five medals (four gold, one bronze) at the 2012 London Olympics, that means heading down the back stretch of a freshman year at the University of California that has been challenging, eye-opening and ultimately, the former Regis Jesuit star said, "everything I could have hoped for."

    As she became a worldwide sensation for her spectacular performances in London, Franklin turned down becoming a professional athlete and collecting potentially millions of dollars in endorsements.

    But college had always been in Franklin's plans, and as top-ranked Cal eyes a national championship, the 18-year-old insists her love for swimming is at an all-time high.

    "It's been really hard. Academics have been kicking my butt, as well as swimming," Franklin said. "It's a lot of time and a lot of hard work, but it's never been this much fun or this worthwhile — especially being part of a team like this. It truly is incredible."

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    NCAA and the Olympics


    NCAA and the Olympics

    Missy Franklin was a member of Team USA and a gold medalist before graduating high school.

    Dream come true

    Cal's Rachel Bootsma and Missy Franklin love the Olympic Games

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    Re: "The Current" - Documentary featuring Missy

    Quote Originally Posted by UrsusArctosCalifornicus View Post

    Mallory Weggemann; Missy Franklin to Attend Premiere of “The Current” Documentary in Boulder on Sunday

    Olympian Missy Franklin talks with audience after BIFF's "The Current" premiere

    Paralympic swimmer, Mallory Weggemann, left, and Olympic gold medalist, Missy Franklin, get a kick out of a question asked by a young girl. The girl wanted to know what it was like swimming with dolphins and sharks. (Cliff Grassmick)


    Missy Franklin, Mallory Weggemann Participate in Q&A After World Premiere of "The Current"

    Courtesy of: Joan Marc Bosch;The-Current'


    Missy Franklin and Mallory Weggemann Discuss The Current World Premiere

    The documentary film features Mallory Weggemann, Missy Franklin, Anthony Robles, Grant Korgan, Leo Morales, Jesse Murphree and David Hosick. (Video is courtesy Jeremy Snyder, The Factory Agency.) Current Photo via The Factory Agency

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    NCAA article on Missy, Rachel, Teri & Cal


    Franklin made her college decision after winning four gold medals and one bronze medal in London.

    From gold medalist to Golden Bear
    Olympian Missy Franklin finds her home among the Cal greats
    Abby Hill |

    Last Updated - Feb 25, 2014 11:36 EST

    Olympian Missy Franklin had the world at her feet following the London 2012 Olympics.

    Her first order of business? Working on a degree.

    Franklin ultimately chose Cal, but for reasons one would not expect.

    The Golden Bear swim program has been home to some of America’s greatest swimmers from Dana Vollmer to Natalie Coughlin. However it was Cal's strong bond of team and its coach Teri McKeever, Franklin's coach on the national and Olympic teams, which pulled Franklin to Berkeley.

    “Choosing Cal had a lot of different factors,” Franklin said. “Because I swam with the national team I was exposed to a lot of collegiate coaches, a very unique experience compare to other NCAA athletes. And there was always something about Teri’s group. I was so jealous of them. She is hard to explain. With her the team is about so much more than swimming, she wants to teach us lessons that extend to our families and first jobs. She sees the big picture, knows swimming leads to so much more.”

    McKeever prides her program on building strong women, not just strong swimmers.

    “I wanted to be a teacher, and that is what I am,” McKeever said. “My classroom is a pool. For me, sports were a place I learned who I was. I had to accept my shortcomings and play to my strengths. These women are young and I enjoy walking alongside them while they walk this path. I do not want to direct them; I want to walk alongside them.”

    The 2014 season marks McKeever’s 22nd year at Cal. While there, she has built a program with three national titles and many Pac-12 titles and records.

    “I feel no pressure, because I built this legacy in my 22 years at Cal,” McKeever said. “I am proud that we have a legacy of women who represent themselves well everywhere, with each other and at every event.”

    The legacy of strong women was one of the factors that attracted Franklin to Cal.

    “I did not look at the successful athletes that came from certain programs, because success can be measured so differently,” Franklin said. “I looked at individuals that I wanted to be like. Everyone has a certain place where they will do well, I picked mine.”

    Another Olympian and Cal swimmer was drawn to Cal because of the strong female legacy.

    Rachel Bootsma (left) was on the national team with Franklin during the London Games. Currently, Bootsma is in her sophomore year at Cal.

    “From a young age I wanted to attend Cal,” Bootsma said. “I idolized Natalie [Coughlin] and looked up to Teri. I also grew up with a strong female mindset and I knew I wanted to swim for a female coach – whether it be the head or the assistant, and [at Cal] we have both. I was raised knowing anything males can do, females can too.”

    And when Bootsma arrived in Berkeley, it all fell into place.

    As a freshman, Bootsma became an NCAA champion, winning the 100-yard backstroke.

    “To win it felt so incredible,” Bootsma said. “I have competed in a lot of big-time meets, but I have never been at something like the NCAAs.”

    And it is starting to click for Franklin too.

    “[College] is absolutely everything I expected and more,” Franklin explained. “I really miss home, and my parents, but my relationship with my teammates is incredible. We are 26 completely different women and together with Teri we have bonded. We all have such a high level of respect for one another.”

    Both to McKeever and Franklin, respect is the most important quality in a teammate.

    McKeever says, “They need to respect themselves, the process, their teammates, the institution and the sport. They need to do what they can to honor it.”

    To Franklin the team must have respect because without it they could not work together or encourage each other.

    “Teri wants us all to learn from each other,” Franklin said. “She preaches that everyone has something to offer.”

    McKeever not only preaches respect for teammates, she practices it as well

    “A senior can learn a lot from a freshman, a coach can learn a lot from an athlete,” she said. “Learning is ongoing to life, learning never stops, not age specific or gender specific.”

    Bootsma and Franklin are learning a lot at this point in the season as competition begins to heat up and the NCAA championships get closer.

    Next up for Cal is the Pac-12 championship beginning Feb. 26 and concluding March 2.

    After conference championships comes the NCAA meet, held in Bootsma’s hometown of Minneapolis, Minn.

    After everything is said and done, their goal is simple; “My goal this season – to be the best we can be at the end of March,” Franklin said.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UrsusArctosCalifornicus View Post

    After conference championships comes the NCAA meet, held in Bootsma’s hometown of Minneapolis, Minn.

    I have to believe this will be extra motivation for Bootsma to do well, especially with some home cooking!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Missy nominated for 2014 Laureus World Sports Award


    2014 Laureus World Sports Awards Nominees revealed

    The Nominations have been revealed!

    February 26, 2014

    A glittering collection of the world’s greatest sports stars have been nominated for the 2014 Laureus World Sports Awards, following a ballot by the world’s media.

    Among the giants of sport who have been nominated are three-time Laureus winners Usain Bolt and Serena Williams, brilliant young Formula One world champion Sebastian Vettel, short-listed for the fifth time, and Tiger Woods, who won in 2000, the inaugural year of Laureus, who is selected again after returning to the summit of world golf. Spain’s Rafael Nadal and Russia’s Yelena Isinbayeva, both two-time Laureus winners, are nominated in two categories.

    Laureus World Sports Academy Chairman Edwin Moses said: “I have never seen such a potentially close contest in so many categories before. This is going to be a classic year. There is a wonderful balance between some of the great names who have dominated sport over many years and some exciting newcomers like Missy Franklin and Marc Márquez. I am especially thrilled by the line-up for the Disability Award, where you could make a case for any of the six to win. This is really the crème de la crème of sport and it is going to be an exciting night in Kuala Lumpur discovering which of these great athletes will receive Laureus Awards.


    Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year

    Nadine Angerer (Germany) Football – FIFA Women’s Player of the Year, captain of German team

    Missy Franklin (US) Swimming – at 18, won a record six gold medals in World Championships

    Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (Jamaica) Athletics – won three sprint gold medals in World Championships

    Yelena Isinbayeva (Russia) Athletics – won pole vault world title in front of home Russian crowd

    Tina Maze (Slovenia) Skiing – won Overall World Cup and three other disciplines, plus Super G world title

    Serena Williams (US) Tennis – won French Open and US Open, plus eight other tournaments in 2013

    (above image copyrighted to the Laureus World Sports Awards)



    Missy Franklin

    Franklin Nominated for Laureus World Sports Award
    Courtesy: Cal Athletics
    Release: Wednesday 02/26/2014


    Missy Franklin Earns World Sportswoman of the Year Nomination for Laureus Awards
    Published: February 26, 2014

    Courtesy of: Joao Marc Bosch

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, February 26. MISSY Franklin will represent aquatic sports next month at the prestigious Laureus Sports Awards, nominated in the Sportswoman of the Year category. Three swimmers will compete for the World Sportsperson of the Year With a Disability award after strong performances at last year's world championships.

    This is the second consecutive year that Franklin has been nominated for this award, dubbed "The Oscars of Sports Awards." She lost last year to British track star Jessica Ennis, the Olympic champion in the heptathlon. Franklin's accomplishments at the FINA world championships last summer helped her gain this nomination, as she won six gold medals in six events in Barcelona. That made her the most successful female swimmer at a single world championships and continued to raise her profile around the world.

    Franklin faces tough competition for the award. German soccer player Nadine Angerer, Jamaican track star Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva of Russia, Slovenian skier Tina Maze and American tennis ace Serena Williams are also nominees for Sportswoman of the Year. Williams and Fraser-Pryce were also nominees in 2012; Isinbayeva was last nominated in 2005.


    Winners will be announced at a lavish ceremony on March 26. Franklin is likely to attend, as the event comes a few days after her debut at the NCAA championships.

    View the announcement event in the video player below:


    Swimming: Franklin up for sportswoman of year
    By Jeff Faraudo
    Wednesday, February 26th, 2014 at 9:23 am


    Missy Franklin 5m
    So happy to be nominated for an award at #LWSA14 ���� Follow @LaureusSport for all the news and to see results on March 26! #honored


    Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year 2014: The Analysis

    MISSY FRANKLIN (United States) Swimming

    Missy Franklin

    March 8, 2014

    American teenager Missy Franklin was the sensation of the World Championships in Barcelona, becoming the first woman in history to win six gold medals at a single World Championships – three individual and three relay - at the age of just 18.

    This followed her performance in the London Olympics where she won four gold medals. She currently holds the world record for 200 metres backstroke. She continues to refuse prize money and endorsements so that she can maintain her amateur status in college.

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    Missy - National Swimmer of the Week (collegeswimming)


    Missy Franklin, with her 2014 Pac-12 Swimmer of the Meet Award
    Courtesy: Cal Athletics

    Missy Franklin Named National Swimmer of the Week
    Courtesy: Cal Athletics
    Release: Wednesday 03/05/2014

    BERKELEY - Cal freshman Missy Franklin, who was named the Pac-12 Swimmer of the Meet after leading the Golden Bears to the conference championship last weekend, has added another honor for her performance – National Swimmer of the Week by

    At the Pac-12 meet, Franklin won all three of her individual events in meet-record times – 100 free (47.17), 200 free (1:42.29) and 500 free (4:35.73). In addition, she helped Cal to victories in the 400 and 800 free relay and the 400 medley relay, and to a runner-up finish in the 200 medley relay.

    Franklin was also chosen the National Swimmer of the Week earlier this season when she was the high-point scorer at AT&T Winter Nationals in December.

    Franklin and the rest of her Cal teammates will next be in action at the NCAA Championships March 20-22 in Minneapolis.


    College News
    Missy Franklin, Pavel Sankovich Named National Swimmers of the Week
    Published:March 5, 2014

    Courtesy of: Joan Marc Bosch

    CARTHAGE, Wisconsin, March 5. WITH NCAA Division II and III both dealing with NCAA selections in the past week, only awarded National Swimmer of the Week awards to Division I athletes this week. It wound up being a pretty easy selection with California's Missy Franklin and Florida State's Pavel Sankovich running roughshod at their conference meets.

    Special thanks to for the following award snippets:

    Division I Women
    Congratulations to Pac-12 Most Valuable Swimmer of the Championship and Philip Hunsaker Women's Division I Swimmer of the Week, Missy Franklin (Centennial, Co). Missy won three individual events, two in meet record times, while also contributing to the winning 400 medley, 400 free and 800 free relays, and the 200 medley relay which won silver. Franklin won the 500 free in a time of 4:35.73, the 200 free in a meet record 1:42.29, and the 100 free in a meet record 47.17.

    Division I Men
    Winning the Philip Hunsaker Men's Division I Swimmer of the Week is Florida State University's Pavel Sankovich. The senior from Hronda, Belarus won the 200 IM (1:41.92), 100 fly (45.12) and 100 back (45.83) races while helping the Noles to gold in the 400 medley relay (45.31 backstroke leadoff) and silver in the 400 free and 200 medley relays (21.05 backstroke leadoff). Every race except the 400 free and 200 medley relays was a new ACC meet, Conference and FSU record. Congratulations as this is also the second consecutive year he has won the most valuable swimmer in the ACC.


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    Missy - PAC-12 Swimmer of the Month (Feb 2014)


    Cal's Franklin, USC's Ishimatsu named Pac-12 women's swimmer and diver of the month

    By Pac-12 Conference
    Mar 10, 2014

    Chuckarelei Studios

    WALNUT CREEK, Calif. – CALIFORNIA freshman Missy Franklin was named Pac-12 Women’s Swimmer of the Month and USC junior Haley Ishimatsu was named Diver of the Month for the month of the February, the Conference office announced Monday.

    Franklin, a Centennial, Colo. native, collected a total of six titles at the 2014 Pac-12 Women’s Swimming and Men’s and Women’s Diving Championships in Federal Way, Wash. Feb. 26-March 1, earning three individual titles in addition to three team relay championships. Franklin set Pac-12 meet records in the 100 freestyle (47.17), 200 freestyle (1:42.29) and 500 freestyle (4:35.73) en route to winning those three events in her Pac-12 Championships debut. As a member of three Bears’ relay teams, Franklin and her counterparts took first in the 800 freestyle, 400 medley, and 400 freestyle relays. With Cal trailing Arizona heading into leg four of the 400 free relay, Franklin swam the anchor and pulled the Bears ahead in the last 50 yards to secure the third relay victory on the week. Franklin earned the most titles of any swimmer at the Championships and was honored as the Women’s Swimmer of the Meet.


    This is the second-career Swimmer of the Month honor for Franklin and the 12th overall for California, the most of any Pac-12 school since the award’s inception.



    Missy Franklin
    Courtesy: Skip Stubbs

    Missy Franklin Chosen Pac-12 Swimmer of the Month
    Courtesy: Cal Athletics
    Release: Monday 03/10/2014

    BERKELEY – Cal freshman Missy Franklin, who was named Pac-12 Swimmer of the Meet after leading the Golden Bears to the title 10 days ago, has been selected as the conference Swimmer of the Month for February, the second time this year she has earned the honor.

    During the Pac-12 Championships Feb. 26-March 1, Franklin set meet records in winning all three of her individual events – 100 free (47.17), 200 free (1:42.29) and 500 free (4:35.73). She also helped Cal to victories in the 400 and 800 free relay and 400 medley relay, as well as a runner-up finish in the 200 medley relay.

    Earlier this season, Franklin was tabbed the Pac-12 Swimmer of the Month for December after she was the high-point scorer at AT&T Winter Nationals and established school records in the 200 and 500 free.

    Cal swimmers have now won monthly conference recognition 12 times, more than any Pac-12 school since the award’s inception. The Bears will next compete at the NCAA Championships March 20-22 in Minneapolis.



    March 11, 2014 | Craig Lord

    Accolades Continue To Flow For College Freshman Missy Franklin


    SwimSwam’s Conference superlatives roundup


    Team Champs: California men and women
    • Men’s Swimmer of the Meet: Kevin Cordes, Arizona
    • Men’s Diver of the Meet: Kristian Ipsen, Stanford
    Women’s Swimmer of the Meet: Missy Franklin, California
    • Women’s Diver of the Meet: Haley Ishimatsu, USC

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    Broadcast premiere of 'The Current’ documentary

    Quote Originally Posted by UrsusArctosCalifornicus View Post

    Olympian Missy Franklin talks with audience after BIFF's "The Current" premiere

    The Current

    Featuring breathtaking underwater landscapes, this inspirational documentary follows individuals with disabilities as they discover new ways to experience freedom of movement through water sports, including scuba diving, surfing and swimming with dolphins. Participants include renowned "soul surfer" Bethany Hamilton and Olympic gold medalist Missy Franklin. Featuring Jean-Michel Cousteau and narrated by his son Fabien, lifelong champions of the healing power of the world's oceans.

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    ‘The Current’ documentary featuring Mallory Weggeman to premiere on EPIX tonight
    Jared Anderson | March 12th, 2014

    Paralympian Mallory Weggemann and Olympian Missy Franklin will appear on the documentary “The Current,” which premieres tonight on EPIX at 8 PM Eastern time.

    The documentary follows athletes with disabilities who have found inspiration and motivation in water sports and activities. Weggemann, a paraplegic world record-holder and international gold medalist, will be featured as one of the main stories in the one-hour inspirational film.

    For folks wishing to watch the documentary who don’t have the EPIX network on their current cable setup, the documentary can also be found on the EPIX website. Just search for “The Current” and it will pop up. EPIX is currently offering free, one-week trial subscriptions to their content, so fans will be able to check out the documentary as soon as it premiers.

    The documentary also features Franklin, the young world swimming icon and world champs gold medalist, as well as professional surfer Bethany Hamilton of “Soul Surfer” fame.


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    “The Wonderful World Of Missy Franklin - In Her Own Words” - Part 1


    Insightful interview w/Missy published today - have reproduced the interview here (part 2 in the following post), but would recommend you run over to the Swimvortex article linked below to read the whole thing with the editor's commentary etc!


    March 13, 2014 | Craig Lord

    Laureus Award Nominee Missy Franklin Lapping It Up At College


    March 13, 2014 | Craig Lord

    The Wonderful World Of Missy Franklin - In Her Own Words


    Congratulations on a wonderful year. How did that compare to Olympic year?
    [Photo: Missy Franklin, team player, in Barcelona, by Patrick B. Kraemer]

    I think it’s hard to compare any year to 2012. Each year is going to be so different. In 2012, one of my biggest dreams came true. It was great to create that experience and then create new dreams, and then set new limits and new goals for myself. What I loved about 2013 was that there really was no pressure. It was a year for me to get out there and see what else I could do after London. I definitely enjoyed the World Championships and accomplished new goals there. It was an awesome experience getting back on the world stage after the Olympic Games.

    Q: Did you believe you could do better than London when you went to Barcelona?

    In certain races, yes. I definitely wanted to be better in everything. I was really happy with where my freestyles were. I had said after London that I really wanted to work on my freestyles. My backstrokes weren’t where they were in London. I think every swimmer’s goal is to go a best time at the end of the season. e was happy with my swims overall, but I definitely think there’s still so much there.

    Q: What is the difference in terms of atmosphere between the two events?

    There’s a little more intensity on the Olympic stage. It depends on the person whether or not you let that affect you. I could feel more tension and intensity in London, but I really tried not to let it phase me at all. I tried to think of it as any other meet, and that certainly helped me. Any international stage is like that. At the big meets, everyone is serious; this is where all the work pays off. Barcelona was very similar in that everyone wanted to do well. I think there’s something you want to prove after an Olympic year.

    Q: How did you celebrate your six gold medals in Barcelona?
    [Photo: All smiles from Missy Franklin, right, and Federica Pellegrini in Barcelona after the 200m free final, by Aniko Kovacs]

    I came to school. When the championships finished in Barcelona, I had to leave almost immediately for school, which honestly was a celebration. I was so excited to get to Cal. We went home right after the meet in Barcelona, and I had a couple of last days at home, which were really nice. And then I came to out here to school.

    Q: Which of the gold medals was the biggest high for you?

    Each medal means something that is so different. People ask me what my favorite medal was in London, and I just can’t answer that question. I love my bronze medal because it was my first Olympic medal ever. I love my 100 back because it was my first individual gold medal. I love all the relays. It was the same with Barcelona. The sixth gold medal meant a lot to me because that accomplished one of my dreams. But being on the relays and anchoring the 4x200 freestyle relay for the first time was so awesome. That medal also means a lot to me. Winning the 200 freestyle for the first time on an international stage – that medal meant so much to me. Each medal means some something different, and they all mean a lot.

    Q: Were there any disappointments - not sure how there can be with six gold medals?

    To be honest, I wouldn’t call them disappointments, but I think there are things I can definitely improve on. I don’t think of those things as disappointments because I’m learning from them. So in the long run, they’re truly helping me out. I don’t see anything that’s helping me grow and helping me become a better swimmer as a disappointment.

    Q: Your fellow American Kate Ledecky also had a great meet in Barcelona – how is your relationship: are you rivals, team-mates, friends?
    [Photo: Patrick B. Kraemer]

    Honestly, I don’t have a single rival in the entire sport. I don’t know of any rivals in the sport of swimming. Everyone is so kind, and the people who I’ve gotten to meet and know are incredible. Katie and I are such great friends. We have so much fun together and I’ve enjoyed getting to know her on some of these team trips.

    Q: This is your second Nomination for the Laureus Sportswoman of the Year Award – how pleased would you be to win it?

    I am honored to be nominated for this Laureus Award and feel that I’m already a winner to have even been considered. There have been so many amazing female performances in sport this year and to even be included on that list is really an honor in itself.

    Q: Do you have any superstitions or pre-competition rituals?

    I’m not very superstitious. If I am, they are very small things. If I wear a certain hair tie and I do well in a race, I’ll keep wearing that same hair tie for the rest of the meet. I like routines, though, such as doing the same thing when I get to the pool every day. I like to know what to expect as much as I can in swimming.

    Q: Why is a Laureus Award so prestigious – is it because great champions have voted for you, like Mark Spitz, Dawn Fraser, Edwin Moses, Michael Johnson?

    It's always an honor to know that amazing athletes you have respect and admiration for took notice of your performance. When I look at some of the past winners and nominees for the Laureus Awards, it's hard to believe that my name is now on that list, especially now for a second time. That being said, I also have so much respect for the Laureus organization and the mission of “using the power of sport as a tool for social change.” Sports have been such an important part of my life and I understand the positive impact that they can have around the world.

    (To be continued...)

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    “The Wonderful World Of Missy Franklin - In Her Own Words” - Part 2


    (Missy interview, continued)

    Q: Who was your swimming role model when you were younger?
    [Photo: Natalie Coughlin, courtesy of Speedo]

    Natalie Coughlin, a three-time Olympian with 12 Olympic medals, has been my role model for many years. Besides being an amazing swimmer, she is also a humble woman with an incredible work ethic. And now, I have the opportunity to be at Cal and see Natalie every day because she also trains here on campus. She’s been so generous letting me know if I ever need anything. She’s been incredibly supportive. Personally, my mom is my inspiration. She had a tough life growing up, but didn't let anything hold her back. She is a physician, and took time off to support and assist me. Mom and I are so close and I trust her and can tell her everything.

    Q: You have now decided you are going to swim for your college for the next few years, how are you enjoying life at Berkeley?

    It’s definitely different than back home, but it’s been so wonderful. I love my roommate, my coaches and my team. It’s been a huge change, but it’s been everything I thought it was going to be and more. Being away from Colorado is hard sometimes, but I’m learning to love it, and I’ve definitely learned a lot about myself.

    Q: Are you happy you made that decision? No regrets?

    I have not thought for one second what would have happened if I had made a different decision. Even when times get hard and I miss home, I still know that this is 110% the place for me and where I’m supposed to be. It’s been awesome knowing that feeling and having it in my heart this whole time that I made the right decision.

    Q: What are you studying?

    I want to major in psychology with hopefully a minor in education and disability studies.

    Q: What do you say to people who are puzzled that you have turned down endorsements and sponsorship money?

    I completely understand where they’re coming from. I was puzzled for a long time, as well, and it was a huge decision for me. The best way I can try to explain it is that I think that swimming in college and being a part of the Cal team had more to offer me at that point in my life than endorsements did. It’s not that I don’t want endorsements. One day, I would love to be a professional swimmer. For where I am right now, I think I can benefit more as a person and as an athlete swimming in college. So far, that’s been more than true.

    Q: Have you set targets for Rio de Janeiro in 2016?

    No. Absolutely not. Even in 2015 going into 2016, I’ll still be thinking about next week. I like to be in the moment because if I project too far ahead and start setting goals for Rio, then I will overlook goals I should be setting for right now or achieving in the next couple of weeks or next couple of months. Right now, my main focus is on the NCAA Championships (March 20-22) and after that it will be U.S. Nationals and qualifying for the Pan Pacific team this summer and the World Championships team next summer.

    Q: Do you find training tough to maintain your high standards or is it fun?

    It’s both. Training is very difficult with the amount of time we put in every week and how hard the practices are. One of the reasons I love Cal so much and love (Cal head coach) Teri (McKeever) is that she has a way of making it so much fun. We do a lot of different things, not just swimming back and forth for four hours a day. I have an incredible team, and every athlete will say that when you have incredible people surrounding you, it always make practices easier.

    Q: You are only 18, but you are going to become a role model for a lot of young swimmers, does that get you excited or do you feel responsibility?

    [Photo: Emily Seebohm congratulates Missy Franklin at world titles, by Aniko Kovacs]

    Absolutely. I think it’s a huge responsibility and I take it very seriously. Another one of my dreams is to be a role model for young children and see what happens when I can put a smile on someone’s face by signing a piece of paper. It means the world to me. I know that in and out of the pool, I’m responsible for my actions. Those actions are going to say something about who I am and I want to make sure that I’m giving the right representation and giving all young athletes and young people someone they can look up to.

    Q: How important is interacting with your fans on twitter and Facebook?

    I love it. One of the best things about social media is the ability it gives you to interact with your fans. I get awesome tweets from people. Sometimes, I get to wish them a happy birthday, or on Halloween, I get pictures of kids dressed up as me. It’s a way for me to see how I’m making an impression and it gives me the ability to make more of an impact by being able to tweet someone back or write them a message back on Facebook. It’s a good way to stay connected.

    Q: Do you have any good stories of what your fans have tweeted you or shared on Facebook?

    Probably my favorite ones come from parents with pictures of kids dressed up as me or school projects or hanging pictures of me in their room. Those things mean the world to me. To be able to get on my phone in the middle of the day and see that, it keeps things in perspective.

    Q: Do you have a plan how long you might swim?

    [Photo: Missy Franklin with USA teammate Ryan Lochte on the eve of battle in Barcelona last year, by Craig Lord]

    In the short term, I’m going to swim for two years collegiately and then turn professional after my sophomore year. Career-wise, I don’t think anyone can predict how long they are going to swim. There are so many different factors that come in. I hope to swim for a very long time, but there are definitely other things I want to do in my life, as well. My dream job is to be a kindergarten teacher. I want to get married and have a family. I think swimming will always be a part of my life, no matter what. I think I’m going to go down the path that God has for me and let everything work out the way it’s supposed to.*

    Q: What are your life goals away from swimming over the next few years?

    Over the next few years, I want to get my degree from Cal. That’s huge for me. Even though I’m not going to be swimming for the team (after turning professional), I’m going to stay in school and get my degree. I’m hoping – and this all speculation at this point – to go to graduate school in education.

    “I’m going to take my education very seriously over the next few years, just as I’m going to do with swimming, and let those two things lead me into the next phase in my life.”

    Our sincere thanks to Laureus and Calacus for helping to bring us the wonderful world of Missy Franklin in her own words


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    Missy & the NCAAs in the news - Wall St. Journal


    Missy Franklin: From the Gold to the Golden Bears

    By Matthew Futterman
    March 18, 2014 7:19 p.m. ET

    Olympian Missy Franklin will be swimming for California at the NCAAs this week, but she won't be swimming the backstroke. Agence France_Presse/Getty Images

    Missy Franklin has always done things a little differently.

    Growing up in Colorado, she didn't swim nearly as much as other top swimmers her age. After winning four gold medals and a bronze in the 2012 London Olympics when she was just 17, she blew off millions in potential endorsements to remain an amateur. She wanted to compete as a senior in high school and now in college at California.

    So maybe it shouldn't be surprising that Franklin barely competed in the backstroke during her freshman season at Cal, even though she is the reigning world and Olympic champion in the 100 and 200 meters, and the world-record holder in the 200 in both 25-meter and 50-meter pools.

    At this week's NCAA championships in Minneapolis, she will swim three freestyle races and compete in the relays. But during backstroke events, the best female backstroker in the world will remain on the pool deck and cheer on her teammates—something the ever-exuberant Franklin does very loudly.

    "I do miss backstroke, I'm not going to lie," Franklin said last week, joking that sometimes when she swims backstroke for practices she feels like she has almost forgotten it. But moments later Franklin is talking about the joy she gets from helping her team win meets by swimming other races she would never think about competing in internationally, and seeing how this collegiate experiment affects her evolution as a swimmer.

    If this sounds out of step with the approach most athletes take in this era of teenage professionalism and specialization, that's because it is. Michael Phelps, the swimmer to whom Franklin is often compared, turned pro before graduating from high school and never spent a minute thinking about putting the needs of his team before his own.

    That, however, is what Franklin signed on for when she opted to attend Cal following her medal-haul in London. Cal women's swim coach Teri McKeever, who was also the U.S. women's Olympic team coach in 2012, told Franklin she would swim races where her team needed to earn points. That could change depending on the opponent, but Cal's team is stacked in backstroke. So, Franklin has to sit out her specialty, just as McKeever told her she might.

    "I'm not interested in recruiting someone who will tell me what they want to do," McKeever said. "I want kids who are willing to do whatever the team needs."

    Franklin isn't exactly struggling with that assignment. At the Pac-12 conference meet last month she won the 100-, 200- and 500-yard freestyle races, setting meet records in each. She also swam legs in the 400 and 800 freestyle relay and the 200 and 400 medley relay. Cal won three of the four and finished second in the other.

    Franklin, who wants to major in psychology, plans to spend two years competing for the Golden Bears, who have won three of the past five NCAA women's championships. She would then turn pro in 2015, though she also plans continue to taking classes at Cal and train with McKeever in the school's graduate swim program.

    Until then though, she is just another Bear, albeit the one who gets stopped for autographs in airports, and who is largely responsible for the crowds that have packed Cal swimming meets this season.

    Franklin won't be the only Olympian at the NCAA meet tackling unfamiliar races. Florida's Elizabeth Beisel, the silver medalist in the Olympic 400 individual medley in 2012, will swim the 200 butterfly. Gregg Troy, who coaches Florida and led the U.S. men in 2012, said pushing swimmers like Beisel and Franklin out of their comfort zones is what college swimming is all about.

    "You want to swim your best events and have confidence in those events," McKeever said. "But there is an incredible learning opportunity in swimming other events."

    Next year, as her pro career approaches, Franklin said she plans to focus more heavily on her core events, the 100 and 200 backstroke races and those same distances in the freestyle, since those events qualify swimmers for relays, which are Franklin favorites.

    Until then, for Franklin, swimming for Cal has a more utilitarian purpose. Even the most dedicated swimmers in the world dread the monotony of their sport, the endless hours staring at a black line under the water. Being on a team brings camaraderie to the misery.

    "I honestly don't think I could practice by myself," Franklin said. "Here I have 25 other goofballs who I can have such a good time with."


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