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Missy to swim her senior season

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Four-time London gold medal swimmer Missy Franklin has decided to swim her senior season at Regis Jesuit in Aurora, Colo. rather than sit out to be “fair” to her fellow high school competitors.

“There were a lot of concerns on her part in terms of what it meant and how other people were feeling about her competing or not competing,” Missy’s father, Dick, told USA Today. “She didn’t want to upset anybody and she wanted to do the right thing.”

Missy was initially worried about whether it would be right to take the spotlight off her teammates and competitors, and earlier this month said, “If I had anyone who swims high school come up to me and tell me they don’t want me to swim, I would absolutely not swim.”

But after talking to the Regis swim coach and athletic director Missy will finish her high school career.

“I’m so excited to be swimming some high school meets with my sisters at Regis Jesuit,” Missy told Swimming World. “It will be so much fun to finish my Colorado swimming [years] with these wonderful friends and teammates. It’s one of the perfect ways to end my four years at Regis.”

Franklin won’t be joining the team at Thursday’s meet, however. She’ll be busy competing at the USA Swimming Nationals in Austin and will likely only join her Raiders teammates for three meets: one dual meet, and then regionals and state, where she’ll look to break her own national high school records.

Marc Leishman will miss Olympics due to wife’s health, Zika

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Australian golfer Marc Leishman will miss the Rio Olympics due to his wife’s health.

“Many of you may know that last April my children and I almost lost my wife, Audrey, to toxic shock syndrome,” Leishman said in a statement. “Since then Audrey has been prone to infection and is far removed from 100 percent recovery of her immune system.

“We have consulted with Audrey’s physician and due to her ongoing recovery from toxic shock and potential risks associated with the transmission of the Zika virus, it was a difficult yet easy decision not to participate.

“I missed playing in the 2015 Masters tournament to be at her side when she was originally stricken and I cannot risk placing her health in jeopardy.

“The Masters and the Olympics are the two biggest tournaments to which a golfer can be invited; however, my family will always come before golf.”

Leishman, 32 with one PGA Tour win, joined the projected Olympic field when countryman Adam Scott said last month that he would skip Rio.

World No. 1 Jason Day is assured one of two Olympic spots for Australian men when the 60-man field is determined based on July 11 world rankings.

With No. 7 Scott and No. 35 Leishman out, the next-best Aussie is No. 63 Marcus Fraser.

Three more major champions — Vijay Singh, Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel — also said in April they would not compete in Rio.

Golf returns to the Olympics for the first time since 1904.

MORE: Australia Olympic legend blasts Adam Scott

Rory McIlroy worried Olympic golf may be done after 2020

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Rory McIlroy believes golf may not remain in the Olympics after 2020 following a string of major champions announcing they will skip the sport’s return at the Rio Games.

“Because of how [Olympic golf is] being approached in golf circles … I’m not sure if we’re going to have another opportunity to win a gold medal after [Tokyo 2020],” McIlroy said ahead of the Wells Fargo Championship in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday.

In 2009, the International Olympic Committee voted to re-add golf and rugby to the Olympic program for the 2016 Olympics, with a review in 2017 if they would remain for the 2020 Olympics.

In 2013, Tokyo was elected host city for the 2020 Olympics with a plan that includes golf.

Beyond 2020, golf does not yet have a place in the Olympics. Its chances for the 2024 Olympics could come into focus when that host city is chosen in September 2017.

McIlroy, ranked No. 3 in the world, has repeated he will play for Ireland in the first Olympic golf tournament since 1904 in Rio in August.

Fellow major champions Adam ScottLouis OosthuizenCharl Schwartzel and Vijay Singh said last month they will not play in the Rio Olympics.

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