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Franklin blossoms into champion

Updated: July 30, 2012, 10:19 PM ET
By Wayne Drehs | ESPN.com

LONDON -- D.A. Franklin was busy talking, trying to put into words what it feels like to watch your bubbly, affectionate 17-year-old daughter win at the Olympics. That's when her husband, Dick, tapped her on the shoulder and interrupted.

"Honey," he said. "Your daughter is about to get her gold medal."

From that moment on, Dick and D.A. Franklin didn't speak. There were no words. They just sat there and watched, tears streaming down their cheeks as they tried to absorb ...

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