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It's hard not to notice Missy Franklin now

It's hard not to notice Missy Franklin now

Originally Published: August 8, 2011
By Viv Bernstein

The first time Missy Franklin found herself in the same swimming pool as Olympic medalists Natalie Coughlin, Amanda Beard and Katie Hoff, she was a mostly invisible 13-year-old, almost too shy to ask for autographs. It was 2008, and Franklin was among hundreds of swimmers gathered in Omaha, Neb., to compete for the few spots on the U.S. Olympic team.

Franklin never made it to Beijing. She was too young to swim with the best in the world back then. But not too young to be inspired.

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