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.
Steve Langton, who was described by driver Steven Holcomb as the “best push athlete in the world,” announced his retirement today.
A collegiate sprinter and jumper at Northeastern University, Langton decided to try bobsledding after watching the 2006 Winter Olympics. He filled out an online athlete resume, and, by the 2010 Games, he was an Olympian.
At the Sochi 2014 Games, Langton teamed with Holcomb to win a bronze medal in the two-man race. It was the first Olympic medal in the event by American sled since 1952. He claimed another bronze medal as a member of Holcomb’s four-man “Night Train.”
“In Sochi I competed on the world’s biggest stage, I won two medals for my country and I did so along not only the best teammates but best friends anyone could ever ask for,” Langton told USA Bobsled.
Langton, who has a 62-inch standing box jump and can squat more than 500 pounds, was described by Men’s Health as “the most powerful winter Olympian” in the lead-up to 2014 Games.
“[Langton’s] work ethic and discipline rubbed off on the other athletes and made everyone better,” said USA Bobsled & Skeleton Chief Executive Officer Darrin Steele. “I have no doubt that he’ll find success in the next chapter of his life as well.”
Langton appeared on “The Amazing Race” in 2015 with his girlfriend, Aly Dudek, an Olympic short track speedskater.
None of the push athletes on the current U.S. roster have Olympic experience. Holcomb will compete in the World Cup opener this Saturday with Sam McGuffie, a former University of Michigan football player. The race will be McGuffie’s World Cup debut.