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Happy 18th Birthday, Missy Franklin

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Missy Franklin turns 18 Friday, which means she’s accomplished more in her childhood than most of us will achieve in our entire adult lives. In honor of her birthday we thought we’d dig up 18 fun facts about her you that might not know.

Then we found out that is a road well traveled.

There’s 25 facts about her here, 10 facts over here, and yes, even 18 facts here, which we feel were tallied a bit prematurely. There are dozens and dozens (and dozens) of fun facts about Missy Franklin. Some highlights from these lists include that her car is a Toyota 4 Runner named Blake, she loves dim sum, she has a crush/is in a mutual adoration society with Justin Bieber, and she’s actually Canadian – kind of.

But here’s what you really need to know: Franklin is as charismatic a personality as she is a gifted athlete. In the pool, she dominated the competition, winning five medals, including four gold, en route to leading the U.S. women’s swim team to an incredible showing in London. Outside of the pool, she charmed the socks off of the world with her ebullient yet grounded personality. Also, her parents are pretty great.

Next up for Franklin is college. She turned down the option of going pro and will instead head to Cal Berkeley, where she’ll probably lead the Golden Bears to a victory here and there before she leaves to being training for Rio. And when that comes around, the world will once again train its attention on her — to see what she does in the pool, and the cool grace with which she does it.

By then she’ll be 21 — the perfect chance for a 21 Fun Facts about Missy Franklin post.

Michael Phelps reacts to Ryan Lochte, Jimmy Fallon’s impersonation (video)

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Michael Phelps made a few interesting bits of headlines in about a 12-hour span.

*At MTV’s Video Music Awards on Sunday night, Phelps revealed he was listening to rapper Future when making his famous #PhelpsFace at the Rio Olympics.

*Also at the VMAs, Phelps was seen making an oh-my-god reaction to Jimmy Fallon‘ dressed as Ryan Lochte.

Phelps expanded on Lochte’s gas-station incident on TODAY on Monday morning.

“It’s always hard to see a friend and a competitor go through a hard time like this,” said Phelps, who compared it to his well publicized past issues. “I know what it feels like, and I’ve been through it before. Hopefully, he can come out of this a better person. I’ve reached out to him a couple of times. I think he understands a lot. He will be able to grow from this.”

*Finally on TODAY, Phelps unveiled his newest Wheaties box commemorating his lifetime achievements — records of 28 Olympic medals and 23 gold medals.

Phelps said he swam 2,000 yards in the pool the day after he got home from Rio. It’s not because Phelps is preparing a comeback — he’s definitely retired — rather Phelps doesn’t want to gain 30 or 40 pounds like he did after his first retirement in 2012.

VIDEO: Phelps co-hosts ‘America’s Got Talent’

‘Final Five’ meets Beyoncé at VMAs (video)

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NEW YORK (AP) — Four of the Final Five gymnastics greats from the Rio Olympics wished ailing teammate Gabby Douglas well and got hugs from best female video winner Beyoncé on Sunday night at the MTV Video Music Awards.

Simone Biles, in a girly red mini dress, had an attack of the giggles as she shared the stage with Aly Raisman, Laurie Hernandez and Madison Kocian.

“The fifth member of our team, Gabby Douglas, is having medical issues and unfortunately couldn’t make it tonight,” Biles said. “Feel better Gabby!”

The four took turns introducing Beyoncé and her contenders for the award. Kocian said, “Together with our teammate Gabby we accomplished something bigger than ourselves.”

Between them, the five won nine medals, breaking the record of eight won by the 1984 and 2008 USA women’s gymnastics teams.

“The five women nominated for best female video worked hard to be on top of their games,” Raisman said from the VMA stage. “They’re role models for us as we hope to be to a younger generation of women.”

VIDEO: Biles welcomed home with cheerleaders, band, police escort

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