Missy Franklin and her parents chronicle the ups and downs in her swimming career, from four gold medals in London to the disappointment of Rio, in their new book, “Relentless Spirit.”
The book came out Tuesday, four months after the Rio Olympic swimming competition began. The Rio Games were agonizing for Franklin, whose struggles since winning six gold medals at the 2013 World Championships reached a nadir in Brazil
Franklin devoted pages to both Olympics, of course, and also other difficult times in her career, such as debilitating back spasms at the 2014 Pan Pacific Championships and her decision in 2015 to change coaches.
Franklin also revealed that she was born via surrogate pregnancy.
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Maria Sharapova appeared on TODAY this morning and spoke publicly for the first time since the Court of Arbitration for Sport reduced her two-year doping suspension to 15 months.
“For an honest mistake, a two-year ban, I don’t think was correct,” she said.
Sharapova failed a doping test at the Australian Open in January for meldonium, a heart medication that became a banned substance under the World Anti-Doping Agency code this year.
The suspension prevented her from competing for Russia at the Rio Olympics.
She will now be eligible to compete on April 25, 2017. She will be 33 years old during the 2020 Tokyo Games.
“I have an incredible future ahead of me,” she said, “and I just can’t wait to get back on the court.”
Lindsey Vonn is coming off three knee injuries in four years, but she does not believe that will slow her down this season.
“I’m healthy,” she said to Matt Lauer this morning on TODAY. “I’ve been working out really hard. I just got back from Chile, and I’m skiing really fast.”
In Chile, she was training with male skiers from the United States and Norway. She was the only woman in the training group.
“I like training with guys because they push me to ski faster and be a better skier,” Vonn said.
Vonn would eventually like to do more than just train with men. She is hoping to convince the International Ski Federation (FIS) to let her race against men in the year after the 2018 Olympics.
“I think it’d be good for the sport and it’s an ambition of mine that I’ve always wanted to do,” Vonn said in a recent interview with the Denver Post. “I train with (men) all the time and I feel like I push myself harder when I ski with them. I just want to see where I stack up. It’s just something I want to do before I retire. I just don’t know if the FIS will let it happen before I retire. Nothing moves very fast when it comes to changing rules and allowing this sort of thing to take place.”
Vonn appeared on TODAY to promote her new book, “Strong is the New Beautiful.” She admitted that she has “insecurities like everyone else.”
“Being on the mountain is the only time I feel 100 percent sure of myself,” Vonn said.
Read an excerpt from Vonn’s new book here.