It was a case of fan-meets-celebrity – except both celebrities are also fans.
Olympic swimmer and Missy Franklin got to meet pop star Taylor Swift over the weekend. Or Swift got to meet Franklin. It goes both ways with these pop culture icons, who are both big fans of each other.
Franklin and several of her cousins got to check out the Denver stop of Swift’s “1989” tour, seeing the hit musician in action. And the world record-holder and her family also got to meet Swift herself, tweeting this picture of the bunch:
Est. 1989? pic.twitter.com/rHQBtzjAoo
— Missy Franklin (@missyfranklin) September 7, 2015
Swift looks equally star-struck, and for good reason. Back in 2012, Swift gave Franklin a public shout-out on Twitter as Franklin was tearing up the London Olympics to the tune of 4 gold medals (and perhaps to the tune of “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” which would jump to #1 on the Billboard charts a few weeks after the London Games).
Then, a fan-girling Swift expressed her excitement over Franklin’s swimming:
So blown away by @FranklinMissy! I was so happy to see you win, girl 🙂
— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) August 1, 2012
To which a star-struck Franklin responded in kind:
@taylorswift13 that means more than I can say! Thank you so so much! I don't even know what to say!!:)
— Missy Franklin (@missyfranklin) August 1, 2012
Swimming fans (who are so obsessed with making “Shake it Off” videos that one SwimSwam writer actually had to have “resident Taylor Swift exper/beat writer” added to his job description) are likely thrilled with a Missy-TSwift pairing, and it’s all but certain regular commenter Bobo Gigi finds this celebrity friendship better suited than the longtime Missy Franklin-Justin Bieber connection.
The next day, Franklin stopped by the Colorado Rockies game to make an appearance on-air with the local color commentary crew. You can check out a video of that embedded in this ESPN piece.
Most notable? Franklin says she got about 2 hours of sleep after the Taylor Swift concert, followed immediately by a morning swim practice, also 2 hours. The commentators seem a bit incredulous about the idea of training as much as one sleeps, but for Franklin, like most swimmers, it’s about par for the course.