Missy Franklin, London Olympic Hero, Leaves Rio As USA Swimming’s Fallen Star

The only constant in life is change, even for Olympians like Missy Fanklin. The 2016 Olympics officially became a failure for USA swimmer Thursday just four years after she raced to the pinnacle of the sport. Franklin leaves Rio de Janeiro with only one medal — a gold she earned by swimming in the preliminary heat of the 4 X 200m freestyle relay before her teammates clinched...
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Missy Franklin shows grace beyond her years in coping with disappointing Rio Olympics

Missy Franklin won four golds and a bronze medal at the 2012 London Olympics as a sociable, well-spoken 17-year-old. After the 2015 World Championships her gold medal total stood at an illustrious 11, the most of any U.S. woman. But the Rio Olympics have been a sophomore slump, to say the least. She raced in three events, failing to make the final in any of them. It really began...
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15 hours ago

Missy Franklin’s Olympics end as she finishes 7th in 200-meter back semifinal heat

Missy Franklin’s Olympics are over. The 21-year-old American swimmer finished seventh in her women’s 200-meter backstroke semifinal heat, 14th overall, on Thursday at the Rio Olympics, failing to qualify for Friday’s final. Franklin won gold in the event during the 2012 London Games. This story is developing.
Via The Denver Post
16 hours ago

Missy Franklin misses 200m backstroke final

Missy Franklin, 2012 gold medalist and world record holder in the 200m backstroke, did not advance out of Thursdays semifinals into the final; instead, she finished in 14th place overall with her time of two minutes, 9.74 seconds. It marked her final race of the Rio Olympics. Hungarys Katinka Hosszu, who owns three Rio gold medals already, clocked 2:06.03 to be the top qualifier...
Via CSN Chicago
20 hours ago

Kiszla: Missy Franklin’s assessment of her Rio Olympics experience: “It sucks”

RIO DE JANEIRO — Contrary to the myth that the Olympics sells on television, not every story at the Games is rainbows and unicorns. Sooner or later, sports kick everyone’s butt, whether your name is John Elway or Missy Franklin. For more than 15 years, from the first time I clicked my stopwatch at a swim meet for the Heritage Greens Gators and congratulated a little girl named...
Via The Denver Post
20 hours ago

Missy Franklin qualifies for semifinals in last event at Olympics, the 200-meter backstroke

RIO DE JANEIRO – Four years after Missy Franklin set a world record in the 200-meter backstroke at the London Olympics, the Centennial swimmer qualified for the semifinals of her best event by finishing 11th in the prelims here Thursday. The semifinals will be held Thursday night. If she advances, the finals will be held Friday night. “Right now I’m taking it one race at a...
Via The Denver Post
23 hours ago

Rio turns into an Olympic-sized disappointment for Missy Franklin

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Dance parties. Dark chocolate. Calls to mom. All are helping Missy Franklin cope with an Olympics gone wrong. A huge star at the London Games four years ago, Franklin has been one of the biggest U.S. disappointments in Rio de Janeiro an inexplicable fall she's at a loss to explain. "I really wish I could tell you," Franklin said Thursday after another lackluster...
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23 hours ago  |  Discuss

Missy Franklin: 'Trying to stay as positive as positive'

MIssy Franklin staying positive after 200m backstroke preliminary, where she qualified for the semifinals to defend her 2012 gold.
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Rio 2016: Missy Franklin and Cierra Runge get Gold medals for swimming 4x200 Free relay prelim

Both Missy Franklin and Cierra Runge only swam the 4x200 Free relay prelim in the morning. Missy Franklin now has a 2016 Rio Olympic medal, even if she did not get to swim in the final of the relay that earns the medal. The USA quartet of Allison Schmitt, Leah Smith, Maya DiRado, and Katie Ledecky technically won the Gold medals (yes, DiRado and Ledecky are Stanford alum and incoming...
Via California Golden Blogs
1 day ago

Missy Franklin not in freestyle relay final at Olympics

RIO DE JANEIRO — Missy Franklin will not swim in Wednesday’s finals of the 800-meter freestyle relay. Franklin, who struggled in the individual 200-meter freestyle event on Monday, finishing 13th in the semifinals and failing to qualify for the finals, swam in the relay semifinals earlier Wednesday but was not named to the finals lineup of Allison Schmitt, Leah Smith, Maya Dirado...
Via The Denver Post
1 day ago

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