London 2012: 10 Things You Need to Know About Missy Franklin

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London 2012: 10 Things You Need to Know About Missy Franklin
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Television law dictates that every Olympic Games has a breakout star—the kind of young, unassuming phenom that can top podiums and win hearts.

For the 2012 London Olympics, American swimmer Missy Franklin looks every bit the part.

Heck, the U.S. swimmer looks like she invented the part. It would be difficult to dream up a more perfect, likable Olympic newcomer.

The Colorado native is just 17, and she's already one of the world's best swimmers. Package that with her aw-shucks personality and Franklin has gobs of media potential.

Welcome to Missy Franklin: The Next Big Thing.

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