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.