Missy Franklin Back to Olympic Form: Gold Medal Minute presented by SwimOutlet.com

Gold Medal Minute presented by SwimOutlet.com

Since Missy Franklin‘s best performance at the 2013 World Championships where she pulled down six gold medals, she has had moments of greatest and her fair share of challenges.  At the 2014 Pan Pacific Championships she suffered and raced with a back injury. At the 2015 World Championships she lead Team USA to relay gold, but failed to top the podium individually.  After two years in college at Cal, she is now firmly back under Colorado Stars Head Coach Todd Schmitz, who developed her career and guided her through those stunning years of success, 2011, ’12 and ’13.    With Schmitz on deck Franklin appears to be back to Olympic form.  At the Orlando Pro Swim, she swam a sub minute 100m backstroke, and you could see her confidence returning.

2016 U.S. Olympic Trials Predictions:  In the 100 and 200 meter backstroke, Missy reminds us of that immense talent and star power, setting herself up for individual golds in Rio.  Ledecky takes the 200m freestyle in 1:53.6. Missy delivers a 1:54.2 making Team USA, positioning herself for another individual medal in Rio.

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This is a Gold Medal Media production presented by SwimOutlet.com. Host Gold Medal Mel Stewart is a 3-time Olympic medalist and the co-founder of SwimSwam.com, a Swimming News website.

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Is she really back on form or is this just wishful thinking?


Definetly. Returning to Schmitz for coaching and development let Missy Franklin work hard, make technical adjustments, heal her body, work a highly personalized program and optimize her chances of success in Rio. Away from Cal program, she is once again in a mentally healthy, happy, positive, optimistic, can-do training environment. Hope to see her on the podium in a Rio.

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Missy won’t be fully tapered for trials
100 free ~53.30 (relay spot)
200 free ~1.55.16 (individual spot)
100back ~58.76 (individual spot)
200back~ 2.05.86 (individual spot)
She’ll then go up a gear in Rio, breaking 100back WR and upsetting Seebohm taking record to 57.84; she’ll narrowly miss wr in the 200back 2.04.16 to defend her title. In an out of the limb prediction, she’ll upset Ledecky in the 200free in a new OR 1.53.16 almost getting WR, ledecky a finger nail behind 1.53.22… Missy also splits 52.5 on 400frr flying start, leads off medley relay in 58.27 and 800frr in 1.54.47… Leaves Rio with 3indivudual golds and 3 relay medals including 2golds


This is more like a letter to Santa. I Gave you an up arrow for optimism though.


Thats very optimistic but again with Swimmers like Missy ( 3 months away from trials and 4 from Olympics ) , who knows right now what she can bring forth . I would safely say one individual Gold ( 200 back ) , 2 others ( silver or bronze ) and 2 Golds for the relays . That would already be fabulous .

bobo gigi

Mel, as a longtime Missy fan, I was worried about her results since Barcelona 2013, her last very successful long course meet. I agree that Missy looks again on the right track since she’s back in Colorado. But she has to make some tough choices in my opinion. In Rio on day 3 the 100 back final is about 10/15 minutes after the 200 free semifinals. I really hate the guy who made the schedule. They couldn’t reverse the order? 😡 That’s awful for Missy. Yes I know it was the same schedule in London but it was 4 years ago and . . . she was 4 years younger. I doubt she can swim back to back events with… Read more »


I’m personally not entirely sure that Missy will have to worry about the 100bk 200 fr double. Just as Missy is returning from a rough few years, so too is Allison Schmitt.Of the top 3 women in the US race for the Olympic berth in the 200 any one of them could be left on the outside looking in. Schmitt being as quiet as she had been indicates to me that she’s been training. Hard. I think that we will have three women under 1:55 at trials and I see Missy third, which would only benefit her 100 bk and ultimately the 400 MR. just my opinion.

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Gold Medal Mel Stewart

MEL STEWART Jr., aka Gold Medal Mel, won three Olympic medals at the 1992 Olympic Games. Mel's best event was the 200 butterfly. He is a former World, American, and NCAA Record holder in the 200 butterfly. As a writer/producer and sports columnist, Mel has contributed to Yahoo Sports, Universal Sports, …

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