Missy Franklin Ready for 2013 – Gold Medal Minute Video

  4 Gold Medal Mel Stewart | February 11th, 2013 | Featured, Gold Medal Minute | Sponsored by: SwimOutlet.com


5-time Olympic Medalist, Missy Franklin, starts 2013 off with a bang, swimming 2:07 in the 200 meter backstroke at the Austin Grand Prix. Outside of her high school swimming schedule (which is done with another state championships in the bag), Franklin will attend the Orlando Grand Prix, and she plans on “perhaps” taking a little rest to put down some fast swims at sectionals later this spring.

In the Gold Medal Minute presented by SwimOutlet.com interview above, Franklin’s roller coaster Olympic honeymoon period is recapped. After winning four Olympic gold medals, Franklin quickly returned to high school in the United States, and a brutal — but fun! — schedule of media appearances. Now, five months later, Franklin’s glad she did the Olympic appearances (all unpaid as she’s still an amateur), glad she learned how to handle it, and she’s focused on what she loves best, racing.

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Host Gold Medal Mel Stewart is a 3-time Olympic medalist from the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona, Spain. He is also the co-founder of SwimSwam. This video series is a Gold Medal Media production.

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Tell It As It Is
3 years 8 months ago

Missy Franklin may well be the darling of the American media these days after her 4 Olympic gold medals, helped quite a bit by her bubbly, engaging on-camera personality.

But if you stop to really think about it, focusing on substance over style: 2 of those golds came from team relay efforts where she wasn’t exactly the deciding factor; Vollmer & Soni were the dominant team members in the medley relay, and Schmitt made the decisive difference in the 4×200.

Of the 2 indivdual medals of hers, Franklin’s winning time in the 100 back was a telling 0.10 sec inferior to Seebolm’s Olympic record set in the heats. About the only race where Missy did actually live up to expectations last summer was her impressive World Record win in the 200 back; however, this was tempered somewhat by the comparative weakness of the field in this event in the current era.

Looking upon London in a more objective light, Franklin failed to medal in either of her freestyle individuals after all the massive hype from Shanghai the year before. A full 2.21 sec slower in the 200 free than the much under-appreciated Allison Schmitt, and only a 5th place in the 100 free for the mighty USA’s purportedly fastest female sprinter.

Fast forwarding to more recent performances, Missy was a glaring 10+ seconds slower than a 2-years-younger Katie Ledecky in the 500 free this past weekend, and that in a State HS Championship that she has repeatedly announced was one of the biggest highlights for her in 2013. Ledecky even bested Franklin’s independent HS record in the 200 free, a distance at which she doesn’t specialize unlike in Missy’s case.

To cap it all off, Missy hasn’t managed to challenge Olivia Smoliga’s 100 back record set late November, this one of Franklin’s pet events; her 200 IM time at the Colorado HS Championships was also a whopping 3 seconds off Knutson’s record.

This is by no means to demean Missy Franklin’s achievements in the areas where she didn’t underperform; merely a sobering wakeup call to the promising youngster that she has much much work to do in 2013, and a warning to her not to fall on complacency if she wants to be truly competitive on the world stage in Barcelona, Rio and beyond. There are an awful lot of swimming prodigies out there, waiting not so patiently in the wings…nothing should be taken for granted.

Aside to Mel: “amature” should be “amateur”…

3 years 7 months ago

Missy Franklin–“underperformed?”–It is clear that Missy can improve. But it is equally clear these comments attempt to minimize her accomplishments and her significance to the swims mentioned. This is “hatorade” masking itself as analysis or thoughtful opinion–a kinda trolling . . .

3 years 7 months ago

Agreed. Go Missy go!

3 years 7 months ago

“this is by no means to demean Missy Franklin’s achievements”….oh yes it was! What a terrible comment that is. She was a star in london and in her first Olympics as well. You need to encourage these young swimmers in their endeavours… not tear them down. She won more gold medals than many of the countries competing in the Olympics…Canada won 1 gold medal…so give it a rest or be a more positive person…disgraceful comments…shame on you!


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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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