‘Missile Missy’ is tearing up Olympic pool

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LONDON (AP) — Life just keeps on getting bigger and better for Missy Franklin, the teenage swimming sensation whose fame is quickly spreading beyond the Olympic pool.

Even Bieber’s a believer.

The 17-year-old girl with the can’t-miss smile and catchy “Missile Missy” nickname is cheerily living up to the outsized expectations that were heaped on her going into her first Olympics.

Franklin won a gold medal — even before Michael Phelps — in the 100-meter backstroke Monday after having opened her games with a relay bronze.