She has four Olympic golds and a couple world records to her credit, but Missy Franklin says she was still nervous to dive in against her high school competitors at a dual meet earlier this week.
“My teammates were like, ‘What is wrong with you?'” Missy told the LA Times. “I was so nervous and I love that. It shows me that the excitement of the sport is still there, no matter where you go. It can be here or the Olympics, but I still get so excited to get in the pool every single time. It was so awesome to come back to my first high school dual meet in what feels like forever.
“It was great.”
Missy easily qualified in her four events, and set state records for Colorado in the 200-yard individual medley and 500-yard freestyle while her competitors who idolize her squealed with glee despite most people assumed they’d complain about Missy stealing everyone’s spotlight.
Not even close. And that made Missy’s day.
“The second I made the decision to swim this year, I felt 100 times better – to work out with my friends and be able to spend time with them. You get so close with the swim team. I’m so happy I did this.”
London Olympic all-around champion Gabby Douglas was among four Olympic medalists appointed to the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition, in one of Barack Obama‘s final acts as president.
Also appointed were Olympic soccer champion Carli Lloyd, hockey silver medalist Caitlin Cahow and fencing bronze medalist Ibtihaj Muhammad.
Olympic medalists Dominique Dawes, Allyson Felix, Grant Hill, Michelle Kwan, Alonzo Mourning and Chris Paul already have roles on the council.
One month after taking gold in London, Douglas led the Pledge of Allegiance at the Democratic National Convention, where Obama was formally nominated to run for re-election.
Douglas also appeared on “The Tonight Show” with First Lady Michelle Obama in 2012 and joined the First Lady for a Let’s Move event in Chicago in 2013.
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For the second time in as many months, Ryan Lochte stars in a jocular ad making a veiled reference to his Rio Olympic gas-station incident.
The swimmer wipes away “the past” on a foggy bathroom mirror and throws a blond wig out of a sunroof in a one-minute Power Bar video published Tuesday.
The company’s tag line in the video is “Clean Start.”
“For example, I am going to recommit myself to water sports,” Lochte says in the spot.
The ad follows a December video for Pine Bros. Softish Throat Drops, where Lochte starred in a spot with a closing banner that read, “Pine Bros.: In this Season of Forgiveness.”
Lochte had previously lost sponsorship deals, including with Speedo, after his Rio Olympic gas-station incident for which he was suspended through June by USA Swimming, plus for the world championships in July.
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