SwimVortex Awards: Top Hat To Missy Franklin, Todd Schmitz

Outstanding achievement: Missy Franklin and coach Todd Schmitz (new coach Teri McKeever in the background in Barcelona) - images by Patrick B. Kraemer and Craig Lord

SwimVortex Awards 2013 – Outstanding Achievement of the Year – Missy Franklin and Todd Schmitz (USA) – six gold medals, a record among women, at a World Championships, ought not to play second fiddle. True, no world records but also true that Franklin and Schmitz were following up on Shanghai 2011 and London 2012 with a third soaring season before the swimmer moved on to college in California

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SwimVortex Awards 2013 – Outstanding Achievement of the Year – Missy Franklin and Todd Schmitz (USA) – six gold medals, a record among women, at a World Championships, ought not to play second fiddle. True, no world records but also true that Franklin and Schmitz were following up on Shanghai 2011 and London 2012 with a third soaring season before the swimmer moved on to college in California

Comments

coco

Wow-about time for this. Missy and Todd should have at least tied for 1st at Golden Goggles-they made history as did Ledecky!

Superfan

Nothing against Coach Gemmell or Katie, I totally agree with your picks!

Nance

Thank you for this article … I agree wholeheartedly! Todd made an investment of over 10 years in Missy – he deserves commendation before this opportunity fades over the horizon!

Nance

As does Missy! I am sure this year has been a true test of character for them both

Bill Bell

I can’t believe Schmitz isn’t the first choice for ANY college AD in the market for a head coach.

But…would he leave the cozy confined of Colorado to enter the cutthroat world of collegiate athletics where the overriding goal is to “Just win, Baby” vs an environment where he can really coach kids and see them develop?

On the other hand maybe he’s had his fill of overbearing parents wondering why THEIR Mary orJohnny isn’t the next Missy/Michael and would relish the opportunity of working with a dozen potential Missys or Michaels daily.

Time will tell.

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