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Olympic Swimming 2012: Missy Franklin Will Make History in London

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 30:  Missy Franklin of the United States celebrates with her gold medal during the medal ceremony for the Women's 100m Backstroke 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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Kathleen SoCorrespondent IIJuly 31, 2012

Pay attention America, Missy Franklin will bring home six medals for team USA.

The 6'1", Michael Phelps-like swimmer is America’s superstar right now at the 2012 Olympics. Franklin is set to represent the U.S. in six events at the London Games. After planning to medal in all of her events, right now she is two for three. Not bad for her first Olympics.

The princess of the pool is well on her way to matching Natalie Coughlin’s world record of being the first woman to win six medals in one Olympic Games.

She has already clinched the gold for the 100-meter individual backstroke and the bronze for the 4x100-meter freestyle relay. She’s got two down and a chance to medal in three more events.

Franklin may be a high school teenager, but she comes with plenty of credentials and professional swimming experience. Franklin has medaled in international competitions and holds multiple world records.

Franklin’s potential to medal in her remaining events offers much excitement to fans, after a few disappointments from the U.S. men’s swim team.

Currently, Franklin holds the best qualifying time for the 200-meter backstroke which will begin heat competitions on Thursday, August 2. The U.S. team also holds the best qualifying time for the relay, which will begin heat competitions on Friday, August 3. And in the 100-meter freestyle, Franklin is ranked third in her heat. The times look good and the odds are in Franklin's favor.

Although Franklin failed to medal in the 200-meter freestyle earlier today (Franklin came in fourth, missing the bronze by .01), she has proven herself in the water so far and perhaps this will serve as motivation for her to claim medals in her next three events.

The young star is already capturing our attention and gradually making history for Team USA.

Franklin is keeping us on the edge of our seats, watching every stroke. 

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