Aurora, CO – Missy Franklin has made the final decision to join the swim team at her Colorado high school. As previously reported on The Inquisitr, Missy Franklin is a four-time Olympic gold medalist who was considering whether or not to rejoin her Regis Jesuit High School swimming team.
A year ago, Missy Franklin swam an abbreviated schedule of a dual meet, a league gathering and the state championships in Fort Collins. This year she’s expected to follow suit with another abbreviated schedule, but Missy Franklin’s exact schedule has not been released.
According to Yahoo News, the Colorado High School Activities Association will be working to ensure that Missy Franklin’s swim meets don’t turn into media circuses. Casual Olympic fans will not be able to just show up with the intention of meeting Missy Franklin in person.
“Last year, there were all sorts of cameras everywhere,” said Regis Jesuit athletic director John Koslosky. “Missy was concerned about it, and I think that’s what made her struggle in making this decision. But she said she wanted to pass on turning pro and attend college, and she signed to do that, and she said she wants to swim with her teammates and her school.”
In making this decision, Missy Franklin is also turning down money and fame in return for education and bonding with her friends and teammates. Next season she will be swimming for California under Teri McKeever, head coach of the US Olympic women’s team. In order for Missy Franklin to both swim for California and preserve her amateur status in the wake of the London Games she will lose millions in immediate endorsement money.
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