With all eyes on the NCAA’s conference championships, which kicked off with the SEC today, it is hard to think about seniors’ post-grad plans at this point, let alone those of sophomores. But, when it comes to Olympic gold medalist Missy Franklin, people are already posing the question as to what her training plan will look like once she ends this year at Cal. This second year mark holding significance as the amount of time Franklin committed to being an amateur athlete when she first signed on to swim for the Golden Bears.
Franklin tells Mercury News that she has not yet decided on where she will train for Rio 2016. The short-term plan is for her to meet with Cal coach Teri McKeever after the NCAA championships have concluded, which will not be until post-March 21st. Franklin says, “I’ve got my next week and half planned out,” and continues that “What will happen after NCAAs. …there’s really no rush. There’s no plan.”
Coach McKeever comments that she expects Franklin’s life will certainly get more complicated in a professional swimmer’s role, as “your performance is tied to a monetary value….The hard part of it is when you have a contract and you don’t perform you get money taken away. There’s an emotional and mental adjustment. It is really smart for her to make that change now before she gets to Rio.”
Forgoing potential sponsorships and lucrative contracts is exactly what Franklin did when she first committed to Cal two years ago, which, in hindsight, she still feels was the right decision. “I would make the decision to go to college 100 times over,” she says. “When I first got here I wasn’t ready for swimming to be my job just yet.”
Even as Franklin prepares to take the professional swimming route, she says she is still determined to graduate a Golden Bear, stating, “I don’t care if it takes me 20 years, I will get my degree from Cal.”
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