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The makings of Missy

The makings of Missy

Olympic swimmer Missy Franklin has made the world cheer — but it might be safe to say the cheers have been louder and prouder in her home state of Colorado.

Missy’s determination and discipline illustrate the kind of brave living we at braveTracks strive to encourage in teens. After all, you don’t just show up at the Olympics and win gold. Missy, 17 and a rising senior at Regis Jesuit High School in Aurora, has been swimming practically her whole life. She set her first record at age 5 during a summer swim-league’s 25-yard backstroke race for girls 6-and-under. Then, in the 2011 world championships in Shanghai, she won five medals, including three golds. Last fall, she set a world record in the 200 backstroke.

Then, check out what happened this month during the London Olympics. Here’s the New York Times telling the story:

Franklin won her first Olympic gold medal less than 15 minutes after finishing the 200-meter freestyle semifinal. She had so little time to spare, she was given special permission to warm down in the diving well next to the racing pool while the men’s 200 freestyle was taking place.

Franklin’s backstroke time of 58.33 seconds was a half-a-second faster than her month-old American record.

Now that she’s won Olympic gold, Missy has a lot to weigh concerning her passion for swimming and her desire to be a normal teenager. She’s already having to think about life after high school. Will she head to college? Will she turn pro instead? How will she navigate that decision? One way to know some of what she’s thinking could be by following her on Twitter at @franklinmissy.

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