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.
“I think there’s something special about Aspen,” Mikaela Shiffrin told NBC after winning two slalom races in as many days.
After Saturday’s history-making win, when Shiffrin won her first World Cup race in the U.S. and was the first American woman to win a slalom race at the Aspen World Cup stop, the twenty-year-old won again by a large margin. After winning by 3:07 seconds on Saturday, Shiffrin told reporters, “I don’t think [my competitors] are going to let me get away with three seconds ever again.”
But on Sunday her lead over the second place finisher, Frida Hansdotter of Sweden, wasn’t much shorter: 2:65 seconds. And this was with an early mistake that left her off balance for a moment in her final run.
In third place was Sarka Strachova of the Czech Republic.
This weekend also saw a podium finish for American Travis Ganong. Racing the downhill event at Lake Louise yesterday, Ganong finished third behind Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway, who is recovering from an Achilles injury that prevented him from competing the majority of the last season, and Peter Fill of Norway. Ganong cAksel Lund Svindal of Norwayouldn’t quite repeat his success in the Super G event on Sunday, finishing fourth.
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Hamburg will not continue its bid to host the 2024 Olympics and Paralympics, withdrawing from the race after a public referendum was held.
If over 50% of the voters in Hamburg had voted in support of the Olympic bid they would have stayed in race. However, the New York Times reported that of the 650,000 votes that were cast, 51.7% were against the bid.
Olaf Scholz, the mayor of Hamburg, said, “This is a decision that we did not have liked but it is clear.”
A public referendum also ended Munich’s bid for the 2022 Winter Olympics. Germany has not hosted a Games since 1972.
The cities that remain in contention to host the 2024 Olympics are Los Angeles, Budapest, Paris and Rome. None of these plan to hold public referendums.
The 2024 host city will be selected on September 13th, 2017 at the International Olympic Committee meeting in Lima, Peru.