Missy Franklin: Why She Is the Next American Swimming Star

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Missy Franklin: Why She Is the Next American Swimming Star
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After winning gold in her signature event, the 100-meter backstroke, Missy Franklin officially became an up-and-coming star for United States swimming.

The 17-year-old Franklin has yet to graduate high school, but that isn't stopping her from becoming a celebrity.

Franklin—who is competing in four individual events and three relays—still has time to build upon an already electrifying start to her Olympic career.

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