Fun-Loving Franklin Ready to Fire For Cal

Missy Franklin aims to celebrate with teammates nice more - by Patrick B. Kraemer

Given the enjoyment she took from her scholastic days at Regis Jesuit, it reasons Missy Franklin is beyond eager to open her collegiate career at California-Berkeley. While Franklin has commenced training with the Golden Bears under the guidance of Teri McKeever, she’ll soon get into the mix of the thing she says she loves the most about swimming – the team atmosphere.

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Given the enjoyment she took from her scholastic days at Regis Jesuit, it reasons Missy Franklin is beyond eager to open her collegiate career at California-Berkeley. While Franklin has commenced training with the Golden Bears under the guidance of Teri McKeever, she’ll soon get into the mix of the thing she says she loves the most about swimming – the team atmosphere.

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Nance

At a mere 18 years old, Missy has more success and fame than most twice her age. Recently, her sunshiny disposition has been doubted, suspected that it will one day ‘crack’. Those who care for her, are giving her the most space and time possible for this teenager to continue to grow as a person in a very unusual situation. I, for one, do not think there has to be a crack. What we get to watch, and team with Missy for, goes beyond the pool.

It is exciting to see how Missy’s personality and life’s calling, as well as her swimming career will blossom over the next 10 years. For now, she has opportunity in her new environment to continue to mature to face life’s challenges, not the least of which is growing up center stage in a fish-bowl media world. Yes, her mannerisms and repetitious answers to the media have wearied some, but the beauty of her child-like innocence and humility closes the mouths of her would-be gainsayers.

Idealism and optimism are natural for young ones. Generally, our response the stuff that life sends us makes us bitter or better, atrophying (excuse the pun) in cynicism or moving in compassion (with a huge bell-curve in between). In my opinion, when all is said and done, the story of the way Missy Franklin will have lived her life will be worth more than all the gold medals and accolades she will ever win. We all have the opportunity to be on ‘her team’ in these developmental years.

aswimfan

I think the 2 years in college and then go pro – combo will prove ideal for Franklin. She will experience college swimming and then leading to Rio she will capitalise on her dollars wattage

felixtzu

Her sunshiny disposition might crack in a few years when she realises what she’s already given up financially, and what terrible advice she’s had. A teenage girl may love the love the idea of NCAA, but wiser heads should have been there to guide her. (Though there is a lot of sense in aswimfan’s suggested approach)

There is still a place for high level amateur swimming, but not as a home for the very best. No doubt Franklin could do a great job in off events, but the future of elite swimming is in specialisation: training for a wide range is a very amateurish mindset. Possibly, we’re too enthralled by the career of Phelps, and this has rather knocked back the road to elite specialisation. It certainly cost Hagino as he fell from contention in his signature event at worlds, or Katie Hoff in 2008, and it could be argued that even Lochte has suffered from a refusal to be more hard headed in his entry choices. Franklin has plenty on her plate with 100/200 free/back. Yes, she could throw in a good 500 without specifically training for it, but let’s just hope she keeps her eye on the prize.

aswimfan

felixtzu,

It’s not my suggested approach, that’s actually what Missy and her parents have planned.
They strike a deal with CAL (and Teri) to swim for them for two years, and then she will go pro after she completed her sophomore in 2015, but that she can still have Teri as her coach and train with CAL team.

aswimfan

While like the Missy’s (or her family) approach, it’s very moderate and sensible, I would still argue that Missy should have gone pro before London.

aswimfan

My apology, I assumed a lot of things in my second to last post above, they may not be true. But based from some publiushed articles, it does seem Missy has some sort of options in CAL.

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