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Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Olympic Trends: Missy Franklin, J. Bieber

By Bill Speros
Special to ESPN.com

RT @cherylpreheim: How many 5-year-olds set an Olympic goal and stick to it? Missy Franklin's first team pic. twitter.com/CherylPreheim/…

— Regis Jesuit HS (@RegisJesuitHS) July 30, 2012


Missy Franklin had a busy daily-double day Monday. The 17-year-old swimmer from Centennial, Colo., who trains and goes to school in nearby Aurora, qualified for the 200-meter freestyle final Monday less than 15 minutes before winning the gold medal in the 100-meter backstroke final with a time of 59.12 seconds.

Franklin scored the ultimate social media gold with a follow and a mention by the king of Twitter himself, Justin Bieber:

@justinbieber: heard @franklinmissy is a fan of mine. now im a fan of hers too. CONGRATS on winning GOLD! #muchlove” I just died! Thankyou!

— Missy Franklin (@FranklinMissy) July 31, 2012
She will be a senior at Regis Jesuit High School in the fall and can expect a warm welcome upon her return:

GOLD FOR MISSY FRANKLIN! Dedicates win to Colorado.Regis Jesuit High friends celebrate the win together. twitter.com/CherylPreheim/…

— Cheryl Preheim (@CherylPreheim) July 31, 2012


Here's a video of her victory courtesy of the Wall Street Journal and posted on You Tube:



Franklin called the feeling "indescribable." That's one word for it. Her twin-fins earned kudos from several gold-medal winners in and out the pool:

Man @franklinmissy killed it tonight! Awesome swim! And she did exactly what she needed to get into the 200fr! Proud of you Missy! #fb

— Dana Vollmer (@danavollmer) July 30, 2012

@tylerclary and I into finals Tom night.... What a sickk double from @franklinmissy !!! Congrats!!

— Michael Phelps (@MichaelPhelps) July 30, 2012

congrats!!! @franklinmissy on winning gold. So proud. I'm a big fan.#1stofmany

— Abby Wambach (@AbbyWambach) July 30, 2012


Ryan Lochte failed to medal in the 200-meter freestyle, finishing fourth. His game was off a bit on Twitter, as well:

@ryanlochte I meant God has a plan not plain! Long day!

— Ryan Lochte (@ryanlochte) July 30, 2012


And he got a bit philosophical:

everyone is selling dreams until u can buy one

— Ryan Lochte (@ryanlochte) July 30, 2012


The U.S. women's gymnastics team flips, vaults and leaps for the team all-around gold medal Tuesday.

What time is it!!??.... ITS GAME TIME!!! LEZZZGO #dowork #pumped @jordyn_wieber @kyla_ross96 @mckaylamaroney @aly_raisman #USA

— Gabrielle Douglas (@gabrielledoug) July 31, 2012


According to NBC/Facebook, fans of all five American gymnasts -- Douglas, Aly Raisman, Jordyn Wieber, Kyla Ross and McKayla Maroney -- have one thing in common -- they all "Like" Nastia Liukin, as well. And fans of Douglas and Wieber are also big fans of Katy Perry. Not surprising, each gymnast has the most Facebook fans from her home state (Raisman -- Massachusetts, Douglas -- Virginia, Wieber -- Michigan and Ross/Maroney -- California). Tune into a computer near you to watch the action live streaming starting at 11:24 a.m. ET:


The U.S. women's basketball team continued its march toward gold, beating Angola 90-38. This member of the Minnesota Lynx had 13 points in the victory:

Great game tonight, time for some food and sleep it's already close to 1am here. I'm going to sleep well raindrops on my window. #relaxed

— Seimone Augustus (@seimoneaugustus) July 30, 2012


First-time beach volleyball Olympian April Ross and her partner Jennifer Kessy continue their quest for a medal Tuesday night.

Ice bath!! No pain, no gain! instagr.am/p/NuXyXRPT9P/

— April Ross (@BeachProApril) July 31, 2012

From aprilylace via Instagram


Blogger and fitness instructor Cassey Ho (@blogilates) YouTube viewers on a jogger's-eye view past some of London's notable landmarks.





Do you win a silver medal or lose a gold? Depends on perspective. Winning a silver medal wasn't enough for American swimmer Rebecca Soni, who was upset by 15-year-old Ruta Meilutyte of Lithuania in the 100-meter breaststroke Monday, losing by eight one-hundredths of a second (1:05.47 vs. 1:05.55).

One race down... And the best on to come. Can't wait for the 200! #fb

— Rebecca Soni (@rebsoni) July 30, 2012


Cheers.


If you see any offbeat and fresh Olympic-related links from your favorite sports site or catchy tweets that might be of interest to others, pass them along to me @billsperos or bsperos1@gmail.com.