Missy Franklin, the 17-year-old darling of the U.S. swim team in London, finally has her “normal” life back.
After winning five medals at her first Olympics – four gold and one bronze – Franklin returned to her home state of Colorado and started celebrating. She became a national celebrity, appearing on talk shows, attending awards banquets and receiving boxes of mail and gifts from around the world.
There were also recruiting trips – Franklin, a senior in high school, visited Georgia, Texas, USC and the University of California before picking the latter as her college choice. But now Franklin is back in her comfort zone: the pool.
Franklin told the Morning Swim Show that she resumed practicing five weeks after the Olympics ended. “It was the most horrible, awful thing ever. It was so terrible,” Franklin said of her time away from the water (apparently she really likes to swim). “And as every swimmer knows, getting back into shape is never fun.”
Something tells us she’s not in that bad of shape.
At any rate, Franklin confirmed she would return to competition at the Minneapolis Grand Prix Nov. 9-11. That’s the same meet where she won seven races in seven attempts two years ago. She went on to win the Grand Prix series that season with 101 points, 20 more than second-place Michael Phelps.
A few weeks after competing in Minnesota, Franklin will travel to New York City for the Golden Goggle Awards, USA Swimming’s annual banquet, where she’s up for more accolades.
And then she’ll get back to work. She’s got some laps to swim.
SCHEDULE UPDATE: Vonn will will return for the final women’s downhill training run on Monday at 9 p.m. ET. LIVE STREAM
Look closely at Lindsey Vonn.
When NBC cameras zoom in on the two-time Olympic medalist, viewers will notice that she wrote a couple of messages on her uniform in permanent marker.
On the thumb of her right glove, Vonn has the word “believe” in Greek. It mirrors a tattoo she has on the inside of a finger.
“Signifying my last Olympics [in 2018] and just need to believe in myself,” Vonn said to NBC’s Nick Zaccardi.
On her helmet, Vonn has the initials “D.K.” and a heart. It is meant to honor her late grandfather, Don Kildow.
Kildow, who served in the Korean War from 1952-54, died on Nov. 1. Watch to learn more about Vonn’s special relationship with her grandparents:
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — At the bottom of the Olympic aerials landing hill, where crashes are common and the term “slap back” is part of the everyday lingo, skiers spend almost as much time figuring out how to protect their heads as they do working on all those flips and spins.
“We learn how to fall,” U.S. jumper Jon Lillis said.
Elsewhere around the action-sports venue, that’s not so much the case.
Concussion dangers lurk everywhere — from the iced-over deck of the halfpipe, to the steeply pitched landings on the slopestyle course, to the careening twists and turns of the snowboard cross track, to the aerials course, where “slap back” is the term for when a skier’s head slaps backward against the snow. But at the Olympics, there are no hard-and-fast rules regarding who diagnoses head injuries, and no hard-and-fast protocol that athletes must clear to be allowed back on the slopes after a concussion.
“A bit concerning,” says neurologist Kevin Weber of the Ohio State Wexner Medical Center. “Because you worry that athletes in other sports that may not be as popular as football are getting, I wouldn’t say ignored, but the concussions they’re getting are under-scrutinized.”
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