Swimmers vs. Gymnasts: Missy Franklin & Shawn Johnson

  6 Davis Wuolle | August 06th, 2012 | Featured, London 2012 Olympics

American swimmer Missy Franklin and American artistic gymnast Shawn Johnson have both found extraordinary Olympic success at a young age. This picture of the two at the 2012 London Olympics has been circulating recently, highlighting the tremendous height difference and reminding us that talent comes in all sizes. Here are the two athletes compared:

Missy Franklin

Shawn Johnson

Sport Swimming Artistic Gymnastics
Olympic Medals 5 4
First Olympics 2012 2008
Born 1995 1992
Age 17 20
Height 6’1 (185 cm) 4’9 (145 cm)
Nickname The Missile Peanut, Bubbly
Retired N/A 2012


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4 years 2 months ago

145cm?Wow, that s short.Swimmers increased in size, gymnasts decreased(Nadia Comaneci was 160cm)

4 years 2 months ago

umm, isnt james magnussen the guy who does 100 free ‘the missile’?

4 years 2 months ago
4 years 2 months ago

she needs another nickname haha, she doesnt really do sprint events compared to james. he is older and def had that name first anyway


4 years 2 months ago

Missy’s interviews are very good – particularly for a 17 year old. I really like to listen to her.

Krystian Makowski
4 years 2 months ago

Missy at the Olympics in 2016 earn 8 gold medals, I wish you that.
I salute you Krystian


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