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Rio Olympics 2016: Missy Franklin At Loss With Life

Rio Olympics 2016: Missy Franklin At Loss With Life
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Rio Olympics 2016: Missy Franklin At Loss With Life

She is the girl from the “Call Me Maybe” lip sync video that went viral in 2012. It was the campaign of the U.S. swimming team for London 2012, and Missy Franklin danced to it on the aisle of an airplane.

At 21, the four-time gold medalist who has two world records to her credit had her Olympic hopes dashed. Missy Franklin was dropped for the final in the preliminary of the 800-meter freestyle relay on Wednesday.

Missy Franklin could not make it to the top eight either in the 200 freestyle, or the 200 backstroke. She was only qualified for these two individual events from the U.S. team. Though she won gold in the semi-final of the U.S. 800 freestyle on Thursday, she was handed the medal behind the scenes.

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“It’s hard right now. Probably the hardest thing I’ve had to go through,” Missy Franklin said of her performance. The swimmer known as “Missy the Missile” was a phenomena at 17.

Missy Franklin visited the podium six times, four to the top step. She was a star and huge sensation at 2012 London.

The girl with her characteristic smile has not clocked a personal best since 2014, LA Times reports. Though her smile is still intact, and she has the same pleasant ways, the turmoil was palpable.

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There are speculations and theories that hint at the fact that things have changed for her when she was 17, and now at 21. Missy Franklin probably does not know what she wants to do in life, Yahoo reports.

But, she is looking up to her parents for support during her tough patch in life and swimming career. In 2013, Missy left her home in Denver to pursue her college education in California.

Missy Franklin left her Colorado Stars club team, where she was training under Todd Schmitz. She then trained under 2012 Olympic women’s coach Terri McKeever. All these put together maybe the reason for her career’s nosedive.

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