Sunday, January 15, 2012

True Amateur: Regis Jesuit Swimmer Missy Franklin Says NO to the Dough

by Jeff Fisher
Host, NHSCA Sports Hour

When Trish Hoffman and I spoke to Olympic hopeful Missy Franklin last March, we knew the Regis Jesuit High School teenager was special.  Franklin, a high school sophomore at the time of the interview, handled the chat like a seasoned veteran, way beyond her years.

This week it was fun to read a feature story in the Wall Street Journal that revealed the big-time money Ms. Franklin has turned-down to remain an amateur swimmer heading into the 2012 London Olympic Games.  Franklin talks about how important it is to her to retain her amateur status so she will be able to swim in college.

After reading this article, you can't do anything other than root for this young lady, who will be swimming for a spot on the Olympic Team during the trials in Omaha at the end of June.  However, the glare of Olympic gold isn't preventing her from helping her high school team.  Franklin is still swimming a limited schedule with Regis Jesuit, and is expected to be in the pool for the Colorado state championships in February.

Click here to read Franklin story in the Wall Street Journal.

Click here to hear Missy on the NHSCA Sports Hour.

Oh, by the way, did I mention, Franklin is only a junior in high school?!

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