Who knew that when the 2012 Summer Olympics began, Missy Franklin, not Michael Phelps, would be the story line of the swimming events in London?
If you did, I applaud you, because you are a sorcerer.
There was so much hype surrounding Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte that women's swimming took a backseat to Phelps' last Olympics and Lochte's redemption.
If you didn't care about women's swimming before, you have to now.
In her first Olympics, the 17-year-old won five medals—including four gold—and yet she hasn't let any of it go to her head.
Despite a successful trip to London, Franklin remains humble, tweeting this to her 270,000-plus followers:
Your support and good luck wishes have meant the world to me! Thank you for making these 8 days so incredible for me!— Missy Franklin (@FranklinMissy) August 5, 2012
I have to say, it was truly inspiring to watch Franklin enjoy herself at the games in London. She was so thrilled just to represent her country that she didn't let the pressure get to her, and she was able to excel in every event she participated in.
With Phelps presumably ending his outstanding Olympic career, the swimming world needs a new face, and that face is Missy Franklin.
Franklin entered the Olympics a 17-year-old, soon-to-be high school senior and left London an American icon.
She gave the folks in Aurora, Colorado something to believe in after the city was shaken by a tragic event.
Missy Franklin represents everything you could ask for in an Olympian.
She's a hero.
Oh, and she's not even legal yet.
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