Will Missy Franklin Be The Greatest Female Olympian in the Future

  24 Gold Medal Mel Stewart | August 04th, 2012 | London 2012 Olympics, News

Missy Franklin won her fourth gold medal in the 4×100 medley relay, bringing her London-haul to five Olympic medals in all. In the future, will she be the greatest female Olympian of all-time? Compared to the greatest, Missy more than stacks up after her first Olympic Games.

Among the greats:

 Jackie Joyner Kersee won 5 medals in track and field, but at four Olympics.

Natalie Coughlin won 12 medals in swimming in three Olympics, medaling in every race, a tough career performance to beat.

And the greatest female Olympian of all-time, Larisa Latynina, won 18 medals in gymnastics at three Olympics.

Missy’s only 17 years old, with three more Olympics in her future: 2016 in Rio, 2020, and 2024 where she’ll be 29.  Also, she’s pacing herself, not going pro, not going for the money, choosing to compete at the NCAA level. That bodes well for the future in terms of balance and building an even bigger athletic-base.

I think Missy has shot, albeit I’m making this judgment early on.

A bold comparison for Missy, and forgive me for this, might be Michael Phelps. If Missy’s freestyle develops more, if more power and speed come with age, she could be aiming for 23 medals by 2024. Yes, it’s a long way off, and a lot has to happen, but it’s good to dream.

What do you think?  What has to happen for Missy to continue her Olympic succees into the future?

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jean michel

Missy could be much faster if she was focused only on freestyle swims …like 100 and 200. that`s entirely up to her to decide from London . we will see what`s cooking .

Missy Franklin will be the greatest Olympian of all times in 12 years. She will surpass Michael Phelps in most medals won. She will win at least 20 golds and a total of 30 medals. She will win 9 or 10 golds in 2020. Phelps is already yesterday’s old news and will be shoved to the side just like Spitz. Missy is already better than Phelps right now and she is just getting started.

9 or 10 golds in a single olympics??? then a pig can climb the tree 2… dream on…


Missy can do well in the 200IM/400free… She can also win seven medals @ the next olympics.. She narrowly missd medals in 100/200free


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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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