Franklin’s Leader in London, Coach Schmitz

Todd Schmitz, head coach of the Colorado Stars, is only 33 years old and the guide to, perhaps, swimming’s greatest female of all-time, Missy Franklin. Franklin has qualified to swim 7 races at the London Olympics. Coach Schmitz has maintained a keep-it-fun attitude on the run-up to the biggest competitive stage on earth, but it has been his multi-year, multi-phase plan that has helped Franklin gain superstar success in the pool.

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I’m sorry but you don’t go to the Olympics to ‘learn’
You go to every other meet to ‘learn’
I hate it when athletes at the olympics say that they’re there to ‘learn’ and gain experience for the next meet
Those athletes always fail
The winners go the Olympics with the mind set of just crushing their opposition, nothing more, nothing less


That is actually a good way to deflect pressure.

Jean Michel

This guy is owesome and lucky ! may his special training programms with Missy gets all the fruits he deserves . Go Missy , we love u !

Jean Michel

DRDOV , u are missing one point ! winning is not all in life but learning ! except if u have learned at all allready which i honestly truly doubt ! Maybe your mindset was fashioned in a different way ! What i see is a owesome coach , young and ready to go further .


Well said Jean Michel!

Best of luck to Missy & Todd in London. Hope she’s holding up OK in the aftermath of the Aurora tragedy, as there seems to be some concern expressed towards the end of the following article on Belinda Hocking

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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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