#7 Missy Franklin
Missy Franklin brings home multiple Olympic swimming medals
Missy Franklin led the U.S. women’s swimming team to a dominating performance at the London Olympics. Franklin’s five medals (tied with teammate Allison Schmitt) and four golds made her the most decorated female athlete at the Games.
The 17-year old phenom from Aurora, Colo., set a new world record in the 200-meter backstroke with a time of 2:04.06 and a new American record in the 100-meter backstroke with a time of 58:33. She was also part of the 4×100-meter medley relay that set a world record (3:52:05).
Just prior to the U.S. Olympic Trials, Franklin talked to Inspiring Athletes about the importance of faith in her life:
“Every day over the last three years, my faith has grown,” she said. “One of my favorite times is going to our beautiful school chapel and spending time with God. This year, I attended Kairos with my Regis Jesuit sisters and it changed my life forever. I now really work on keeping my faith strong.”