NEW YORK (AP) — In a year when she raced at the Olympics, Missy Franklin’s greatest stress might come from deciding whether to compete for her high school team.
Fresh off her four gold medals in London, the 17-year-old is weighing if she should join the squad at Regis Jesuit outside Denver for her senior season. She’s well aware of criticism asserting that her presence would unfairly deny other, non-Olympian swimmers of high school championships.
Franklin said Monday: “It’s hard, because I feel like no matter what I do, it’s going to be opposed in some way or form.” But she says this with that effervescent smile that captivated fans as she won five medals, finding the humor and the perspective of the situation.
Franklin was in Manhattan for the Golden Goggles, USA Swimming’s annual awards banquet.