By Angelina Kostenko
Lochte and Phelps aren’t the only two American swimming phenomenons to watch. Missy Franklin, the spunky and cheerful 17 year-old just earned her first individual gold medal after swimming the 100-meter backstroke Monday evening.
The six foot one swimmer used her speed and lengthy body to catch up to Australian swimmer Emily Seebohm in the last 10 yards of the event. Franklin came in with a 58.33, grabbing the gold by just .35 seconds. But 14 minutes before the 100-meter backstroke final, Franklin swam in the 200-meter freestyle semi finals.
After every race, swimmers get a chance to cool down and relax their bodies before their next event. Franklin had fourteen minutes, hardly enough time for any other swimmer to catch their breath.For Franklin, back to back events are exciting, and that exciting energy helped her take her first gold medal.
The 100 backstroke is just the start of what Franklin will take at the Olympics. Franklin is set to swim in the finals on the 200-meter Freestyle on Tuesday, followed by the 200-meter backstroke and 100 meter freestyle as well as the 400 medley relay.
At just 17, this passionate swimmer may just be the next girl “Michael Phelps”.