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  • Faith: Christian
  • Career: Athlete
  • Birthday:  May 10, 1995
  • Accomplishments:  Olympic Gold
  • Fun Faith Fact!: Refused prize money and endorsements to be able to compete as an amateur in college

Missy Franklin became a world media superstar at age 17 when she won 5 Olympic Medals at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, with 4 of them Gold.

Born in Pasadena, CA, but raised in Colorado, Missy’s Canadian parents urged her to begin swimming. Even with her dual Canadian and American citizenship, Missy felt it was a no-brainer to compete for the U.S. team and represent her homeland. She accepted a scholarship for UC-Berkeley, and is currently preparing for the next Summer Olympics competition.

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