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Missy Franklin Decision: Olympian May Swim For High School Team

Miss Franklin Decision

Denver, CO – Missy Franklin will soon make a decision whether or not to swim for her high school team, according to CBS Denver.

Although she claimed four medals at this year’s Olympics Games in London, Franklin is strongly considering giving her high school a helping hand by joining the swim team. However, with this decision comes the possibility of a backlash from other schools and athletes.

“If I had anyone who swims high school come up to me and tell me they don’t want me to swim, I would absolutely not swim,” Franklin recently explained. “But everyone who I’ve talked to has been so supportive of it.”

The swimmer revealed that making such a decision is harder than she initially believed. For every person who thinks swimming for her high school team is the right choice, others aren’t so positive about the proposition.

“So it’s so hard when I have so many people that are really wanting me to do it and so supportive, and I have other people who are saying it’s not fair. ‘Why would you do this to other girls?’ And I feel so bad thinking that they would think that,” Franklin said.

According to the Washington Post, the 17-year-old Olympic athlete may suit up for the Regis Jesuit High School swim team before all is said and done.

“It’s hard, because I feel like no matter what I do, it’s going to be opposed in some way or form,” Franklin said. “It’s hard, but it’s life.”

“Bottom line, and believe this if you will or not, Franklin isn’t swimming for herself. She wants to be there for her school and friends,” The Denver Post writer Neil Devlin explained. “So why can’t we understand that?”

What do you think of the Missy Franklin decision? Should she be allowed to swim for her high school team?

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66 Responses to “Missy Franklin Decision: Olympian May Swim For High School Team”

  1. Chris Ericksen

    If Miss Franklin wants to swim for her high school, and be with her friens, she should….why shouldn't she? as long as she is academically eligible, and I am sure she is, she has the right to….if other competitors don't like it, that's life….she has a God given talent she has worked hard to mkae better…someone else doesn't have, too bad…maybe the other swimmers should take up another sport and perfect that.

  2. Walter Reed

    If she is otherwise eligible, then let her swim. If opposing teams see it as a competitive disadvantage for their school, THEN GET BETTER AND STOP CRYING ABOUT IT!

  3. Terry Menosky

    If I were a swimmer in high school, I'd want to swim against the Olympic medalist, because I'd make sure I'd be good enough to win. Isn't that what it's all about: competition? At the end of the day, we should all strive to be our best.

  4. Shea Stahmer

    I think she should do it. anyone else she swims with can say they swam against an olympic gold medalist (that's pretty cool)! I think it would create healthy competition.

  5. Chris Marck

    I would think most swimmers would be honored to swim against her. Their chance to say they swam against an Olympic medal winner.

  6. Rich Adams

    The same reason colleges don't have pro football and basketball players on the team?

  7. Brian Shipley

    If she hadn't won a medal at the Olympics, would this issue arise? There must be many swimmers out there who tried out for and missed the Olympic team who are swimming for school or college teams, she just happens to be the best of those swimmers.

  8. Chuck Krew

    She only will get the chance to swim for her high school team and friends once. There is nothing that says she has to destroy the competition she will face and that she needs to attempt world records every race she swims. I have a feeling that if she does swim she will spend a lot of time signing autographs for competing swimmers who will always have the fond memory of swimming against this particular Olympic champion.

  9. Amy Bergan Anderson

    Go Missy…follow your heart and do what YOU want. I know HS swimming is an awesome and diff experience than what you do the rest of the year. You deserve to do what you want:) Good luck!

  10. Anonymous

    It's sort of like having a car that can go 200 m.p.h. Just because it CAN doesn't mean it SHOULD. It would be a feather in anybody's cap to beat the Olympic champion in any high school meet; however, competing against an Olympic champion, no matter how noble her reasoning, wouldn't be a fair competition. If she'd like to help her swim team, volunteer as an assistant coach, tutor or critique specialist for the girls on the team.

  11. Jill Potts Baker

    Swim. Sham was a great horse. Too bad he was a great horse during Secretariats reign. Andy Roddick is a great tennis player. Too bad he is/was a great tennis player during Fedderer's reign. It is not her fault and she should not suffer anguish because she is great. I do not feel sorry for the other teams/swimmers. Its just the luck of the drawl. I agree with other posters who point out that it should be an honor to say I almost beat the best in the world or I came in second to the best in the world.

  12. Anonymous

    I can't imagine anyone objecting to her swimming for any team for which she is eligible unless it's her parents who want her to be a doctor or something.

  13. Valerie Schaeffer Murphey

    I think she should be allowed to swim, yes she won the Olympics, but she did not turn Pro, she still has her amateur status, and I think it would inspire the other girls. the other teams could have the privileged of saying they were able to compete against her. Just think if one of them were able to beat her, what that would do to their self=esteem.

  14. Kim Hunter Steed

    I absolutely believe that she should swim for her high school team…she has put the hours in to get where she is at now…my son is doing the same thing with wrestling…he's winning on his middle school team and it's because for the past year he has been training his butt off to get where he is today…What an honor to swim with an Olympic medalist…you get better by training and racing with people who are better than you…

  15. Curt Altschul

    High school athletics is about sportsmanship and competition. Does Franklin show a lack of sportsmanship? Not one iota. Does she love to compete? The answer to that is moot. She sets the standards for others. I still 'brag' about losing to Mark Spitz in high school (note: I was ahead for a while but only the end counts)… I wear that loss like a fun little badge. The thing was was that swimming in those races brought out the best in everyone as top athletes like Franklin "raise the bar" for everyone. All who compete against top athletes like Franklin want to beat that athlete and losing to that athlete, although expected, does not diminish the basic human love of competition. I still think I could have beat Spitz!

  16. Curt Altschul

    High school athletics is about sportsmanship and competition. Does Franklin show a lack of sportsmanship? … Not one iota. Does she love to compete? The answer to that is moot. She sets the standards for others. I still 'brag' about losing to Mark Spitz in high school (note: I was ahead for a while but only the end counts) … I wear that loss like a fun little badge. The thing was was that swimming in those races brought out the best in everyone as top athletes like Franklin "raise the bar" for everyone. All who compete against top athletes like Franklin want to beat that athlete and losing to that athlete, although expected, does not diminish the basic human love of competition. I still think I could have beat Spitz!

  17. Bob Wexler

    If she is in high school why shouldn't she be able to swim. Because she is really good at it and has worked really hard and will probably beat everyone else? That's not her fault. Unless she has taken money as a professional which I assume she hasn't, there is no reason that she shouldn't be able to try and be a normal teenager.

  18. Rick Lund

    She should swim for her high school team. Arron Percel swam all 4 years at his high school and fro 2 years after he won th olympics. I swam with olympic champions in my day and it was a pleasure and honor to swim with and against them. It is all about school pride and she is very proud of her high school. She made a choice to swim with them before the olympics and her high school coach. She could have swum with any high octane swim club in america and she choose to swim at the high school. Let her swim to win for her high school and don't give her a hard time.

  19. Anonymous

    To those who object. Do we blindly follow the lead of the coaches and others who say that winning in sports is all? I shied away from organized sports as a youngster when it became evident that the great fun I had playing with friends would get trumped by a coach, frequently yelling at players.

  20. Devin Kelly

    She shouldn't hide her talents because others aren't as good or great as she is.

    There's a quote from a movie I like, "Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine as children do. It's not just in some of us; it is in everyone. And as we let our own lights shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others."

    She needs to race.

  21. Michael Fontaine

    This athlete has sacrificed enough for her country by giving up so much in her young life to represent us. The high school years are special years to spend with friends. In Missy's case, on the swim team. Let her enjoy these special years, don't take away what will surely be great times with friends (a once in a lifetime chance). She should not be punished for her God given talent and dedication to her sport.

  22. Anonymous

    That is like telling Lebron James he couldn't play basketball this year because it isn't fair that his team won last season. Last I checked America isn't based around communist or socialist tendencies…life isn't always fair, the ones who succeed are the ones who make their own destiny, it isn't just given away. Don't punish her because she has a work ethic. The other girls should own up to the challenge of good competition, embrace the principles that are nation is based around and feel fortunate that everyone has the freedom to compete with each other.

  23. Arlissiyan Mica Benson

    shut up you idiot. she can't help that she beat out quite a lot of people to became an Olympic athlete and winner in the first place. She is good because she practiced and was dedicated. These little high schoolers that are scared to compete against her dont have her heart or dedication. If she wants to swim for her team then SHE CAN.

  24. Kelly Chase

    I was a pretty good high school and college basketball player and for me some of the best memories and stories are from getting chances to play against guys who made it to big time college programs and on a couple of occasions to the pros. There have been lots of athletes in lots of sports who were way to good for their contemporaries when they were still in school. Lebron , Kareem, Bryce Harper, Tiger, Phil M., Jim Brown etc.

  25. Kelly Chase

    I was a pretty good high school and college basketball player and for me some of the best memories and stories are from getting chances to play against guys who made it to big time college programs and on a couple of occasions to the pros. There have been lots of athletes in lots of sports who were way to good for their contemporaries when they were still in school. Lebron , Kareem, Bryce Harper, Tiger, Phil M., Jim Brown etc.

  26. David Stroud

    So because she is good a few think she should not compete? Yeah, how about we just settle for mediocrity. Swimming is a competition and just like any sport, the best should compete. If she is the best from her high school how can you say no?

  27. George Smithson

    Everyone in her High School Division just dropped swimming from their list of sports! LOL

  28. Carl J. Smith

    Why shouldn't she be allowed to enjoy the same thing most high school athletes get to enjoy. Both my high school and college sports teams were like second families to me! Additionally, it only improves the athletes competing with her. It provides more incentive and raises the level of competition!

  29. Joanna Melcher

    Yes she should absolutely be able to swim. She is still eligible to swim by high school rules. Where do we draw the line? Are we going to say talented and successful athletics should not play-swim for their high school? While I understand that she is a “Gold Medal Winner” she is still a high school athlete. She should not be punished for all her hard work and dedication. She should support her school , support her team and friends and enjoy her high school experience. Missy is a great role model and wonderful spokesperson for teens.

  30. Curtis Goble

    This is what wrong with this country.. We shouldn't hurt the poor other kid feelings well when I grew up you competed and weren't given a medal just because they didn't want your poor little feeling hurt.. grow up AMERICA!

  31. Anonymous

    Whenever you cross the line into the Olympics – and especially when you actually medal – you put yourself on a different level. This phenom is already swimming two levels above her high school peers. She needs to bow out and wait for her freshman year at Arizona (where she will automatically go to the head of the class). In her final year, Missy Franklin would do her high school more good by simply taking on an assistant coaching position.

  32. Donna Munafo

    Cars in races should go 200 mph!! A race is a race. The best should win!!! Why bother having a race at all…..just give everyone a medal!!! Kids need to learn that in life things will not always be in their favor.

  33. Hoku Denning

    If I was on an opposing high school team it be an honor to swim against her. In order to make it to the next level (or be a future competitor in the Olympics) you have to swim with the best and she is the best.

  34. Chuck Shepard

    Yes, by all means she should swim for her High School Swim Team, Team being the operative word. It is not her fault other swimmers do not meet her standards. In swimming it is to achieve your absolute best time whether you are first or last.

  35. Rob Drury

    Baloney! She's a high school student who happens to be a great swimmer; great enough to be an Olympian. Still, she's a high school student, simply intent on supporting her school. Suppose she hadn't competed in the Olympics? She's still potentially be just as good; and she'd be cheered for competing in the name of her school. Nothing unfair about it.

  36. Scott Barber

    The double amputee qualified and ran in the Olympics, then turned around and participated in the paralympics. If he can do that, I see absolutely no reason why Missy should not compete at her regular level for whatever events she qualifies. All of this not keeping score and everyone gets a trophy for participation is crap. It's the whole reason America has gotten soft. She will only bring the competition to a higher level. The ones complaining aren't willing to take it to the next level or put in the work required to compete.

  37. Jay Palmer

    Let's just hypothetically say she wasnt a medalist, but she had the same ability, would this still be a question? Ability is just that ability, only those that are in question of their ability would oppose such a thing. Swim girl swim and make your friends, family and school proud, that is the American way!

  38. Fred Alexander

    I've got to meet these people who ask Missy "why she would do this to other girls"? You got to be kidding me. missy is in High School and she's a good swimmer. Therefore she needs to be in the damn team. Period. It's not complicated except for the confused people who don't want Missy to do what she's very good at.

  39. Jim Cimino

    Do not top ranked quarterbacks who have elite colleges offering full scholarships play for their high schools? Did not LeBron James play for his high school or Coby and many others who went straight to the NBA from high school? Because she is so good, she should be banned from competing? The State high school athletic association has rules. If she complies with all the rules, she should be allowed to swim, PERIOD! Otherwise, she is being punished for being very good. That only makes sense in a Socialist Society. Oh, wait! That what the weak- kneed, near competed for anything ( or did and lost every time ) Liberals want. BOO HOO HOO! Shouldn't everyone get a trophy? NOT!

  40. Alexander David Marsh

    Of course she should. It's not like she's done anything illegal like steroids. She put the work in. Of course people are going to be upset but she put the work in, she DOES NOT accept sponsors so she can swim in highschool and college, and she swam in the Olympics. I don't think it'd be fair to not let her swim. It's like oh yeah, once you get too good, it's bad. Come on now! that just makes people not want to work hard!

  41. Dean Seaman

    Missy Franklin doesn't neccessarily have to swim for her team, to support them.
    She could use the knowledge that helped make her an Olympic Champion to help the rest of the team do better, by being as ASSISSTANT COACH. In her case, she wouldn't neccessarily get paid for doing it. It would be a "credit" she would earn towards her acedemics, much like being a "teacher's assisstant".

  42. Kristen Byrnes

    Let her swim. She's in high school. It's not her fault she is that much better than everyone else.

  43. Eric Krohn

    I really don't think she should swim. Franklin has already proven that she can beat anyone. Now she should let other high school kids, kids who won't have a chance in the national spotlight, have a chance to win at least a high school meet. Every time she swims in high school is a time that she'll be stealing a win from a kid who might not get a chance to swim after high school. I think those kids deserve a chance to win, not an Olympic athlete.

  44. Red Soranuslycan

    She is eligible competatively for her high school. And if she is doing it to support her school then so be it. The other school teams think they are now sitting at a disadvantage with her being on her schools team. This maybe true is some respect to her advanced training and so on, BUT it is her choice and if she does compete good for her. Now for the schools that think that they are at a disadvantage tough crap. It is a competition and if she chooses to support her school there is nothing you can do about it. You all should actually be happy to compete against such a fine talent and can see how you fair against a true olympian. Then maybe even talk to her and maybe she will even give you some training tips on how to improve and become better swimmers. Don't protest just because you think you will get your backside handed to ya. Never know you may surprise yourself and see you may not be that far off from her times compared to yours and will give you a chance to gauge where you need to fine tune your training and all.

  45. Stacey Aponick Cecco

    She is probably not in the same shape/training to the level that she was for the Olympics. Does this mean anyone who medals should not be eligible to compete at a high school level? Ridiculous! You go swim for your HS swim team and enjoy your senior year!

  46. Jennifer Measheaw

    as a mother of a new swimmer in high school I say swim… you swiming will benfit the team and your knowledge can be shared with others. I know ny Freshman in high school would beso excited to have you on her swim team.

  47. Curtis Mcdonough

    I have to say olympics back when I was in schook were for AMATURE ATHLETES . So I can't see how she has done anything to make heerself a professional athlete which is a violation of high school rules . Like you said so she has talent . Some schools get lucky and get that 1 in a million athlete so she should have every right to compete . There's no arguemnt if a school who haas a running back who averages 5 rushing td's a game a basketball player who scores 50 points a game or a wrestler who goes undefeated for 3 years