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Missy Franklin Injury: Updates on Swimming Star's Back and Return

Missy Franklin smiles before swimming in the women's 200-meter freestyle at the U.S. national championships, Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014, in Irvine, Calif. Franklin took second in the event. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
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Tim KeeneyContributor IAugust 20, 2014

Updates from Wednesday, Aug. 20

Communications Director of US Swimming Scott Leightman has an encouraging update regarding Missy Franklin's back:


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American swimming sensation Missy Franklin is uncertain for the Pan Pacific Swimming Championships after leaving Tuesday's practice with back spasms.

The 19-year-old University of California sophomore is currently in Australia in preparation for the Championships, which begin Thursday. According to the New York Times' Karen Crouse, however, she had to skip practice Wednesday morning, while she is uncertain for her tuneups in the 200-meter freestyle and 100-meter backstroke on Thursday. 

Franklin took to Twitter to provide an update, and she didn't sound too concerned. 

Still, News Corp's Todd Balym reported she had to be carried from the pool, so it's not something to completely ignore. With so little time to recover, it would appear she'll either have to skip the Championships or race at less than full strength. The Chicago Tribune's Philip Hersh noted why the former route could be detrimental for her status at the 2015 World Championships in Beijing:

It was at the 2011 World Championships that Franklin truly burst onto the national scene, grabbing six gold medals. 

If she's forced to miss the Pan Pacific Championships or be limited in any way, it would unquestionably be a major blow for Team USA. Hopefully she is able to make a quick recovery, because the sport is better when the four-time Olympic gold medalist is in the pool.

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