US Olympic Swimming Team: Missy Franklin and Strongest American Performers

Brian MaziqueCorrespondent IIIJuly 31, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 30:  Missy Franklin of the United States celebrates after winning the gold in the Women's 100m Backstroke final on Day 3 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Aquatics Centre on July 30, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
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Missy Franklin has been one of the United States' stars in the pool in London.

Franklin has already won a gold and a bronze medal, but she still has three other chances to medal. She'll compete in the 100 meter freestyle, 200 meter backstroke and the 4x100 meter individual medley.

If she can claim another gold medal in her London stay, this will have been an even more memorable Olympic performance.

Here are other American swimming stars that have shined in London.


Ryan Lochte

Mr. Ice Grill did disappoint in the 4x100 freestyle relay and in the 200m freestyle. But he did capture the gold in the 400m individual medley.

I expect Lochte to capture at least one more gold medal before he returns home from London. He may not have successfully taken control of the American swimming torch, but he'll still have a solid Olympic showing.


Michael Phelps

Phelps captured his 19th career medal, and that is the most by any athlete in history. Even in an Olympics that doesn't measure up to his normal standard of dominance, he has won three medals.

When one gold and two silver medals are a down performance for you, you must be the greatest. What's even more amazing, he still has three more events remaining. i'm betting he cracks 20 before he leaves London.


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