Missy Franklin: 17-Year-Old Will Edge Ryan Lochte as Next Swimming Superstar

Amy StreiferCorrespondent IJuly 30, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 30:  (L-R) Missy Franklin of the United States competes in heat 3 of the Women's 200m Freestyle on Day 3 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Aquatics Centre on July 30, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images)
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Missy "The Missile" Franklin is only 17 years old, and is facing the toughest swimming competition in the world during the 2012 Olympics.

During the women's 200-meter freestyle preliminary round, she qualified third. Tonight, she will swim a 200-meter free semifinal, followed by the 100-meter backstroke.

Ryan Lochte is an eight-time Olympic medalist, but he is 27. Franklin is younger, newer to the scene and all the talk among Olympic fans. 

Both of Franklin's parents were born in Canada, but moved to America before Missy was born.

It's hard not to focus on Missy Franklin when she's in the water. She has remarkable speed and seems to be on another level from that of the competition. She stands out among the rest, and for this reason, she will have more success than Ryan Lochte during the 2012 Summer Olympics.

The California native won a bronze medal in the 4x100 freestyle relay and received a semifinal win in the 100-meter backstroke.

In 2011, Franklin received the prestigious FINA Swimmer of the Year award. She also has seven medals in major international competitions. These include three gold, three silver and two bronze during both the Olympics and the World Championships.

Franklin is one of the hottest young talents in the London Games and everyone has their eyes on what the teenager will do next. Ryan Lochte and Michael Phelps have had their time to shine, and it's now time for the world to see what "The Missile" is capable of.

Move aside Ryan Lochte, because Missy Franklin is currently taking away some of your spotlight. Franklin is swimming's next big thing and she will prove that during the Olympics this year.