Pat Forde of Yahoo Sports penned a great article on Missy Franklin's sudden rise to fame and the impact it has had on her life.
You win four gold medals and then try to do what almost every American kid your age is doing: pick a college to attend. Suddenly, total strangers want to tell you what a mistake you're making by not turning pro and reaping millions in endorsements. Suddenly, everyone is an expert on your life choices and wants to critique your plan – two years of swimming at California, then turning pro in 2015 in anticipation of the Olympics the following year in Rio de Janeiro.
"She told us, 'It's too soon to make swimming my job,' " says Missy's dad, Dick. "That phrase pretty well did it for her mom (D.A.) and I. Nobody likes to give up $4 [million] to $8 million, but we thought it's the right thing for Missy."
You win four gold medals and then try returning to your Regis Jesuit High School swim team. Suddenly, people from other schools are getting cranky, saying an Olympian has no place in high school sports. Suddenly, the competition is too much for some swimmers and tickets to the state meet are too scarce for some parents.
"It killed me," Missy says. "I loved swimming high school. I'm a total people pleaser, even people I don't know. I love to make people happy, and when something like that happens, I don't know what to do. … But looking back on it, I'm so happy I did it."
Despite the tumult of fairly sudden fame, the girl at the center of the swirl is fundamentally the same person. Appearances on late-night talk shows, modeling shoots and guest-of-honor appearances at sporting events have not altered Missy Franklin's demeanor, disposition or DNA.
"Most famous people – politicians, actors, athletes – it's an act," said Missy's Colorado Stars coach, Todd Schmitz. "They act one way in public and a different way in private.
"There's no act with Missy. You're never going to catch her out of the act, because it's not an act."
She sounds like she'll be a fantastic addition to the Cal community.
- In case you missed it, Cal hired David Secor as the athletic department's new CFO. Wilner praises the hire, as Secor was an effective CFO for UCLA over the past 12 years.
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- ESPN examines what should give us optimism and what should rustle our jimmies heading into the 2013 season.
- The Ultimate Pac-12 Road Trip continues with one of the best weeks of the season: Week 3. Although the folks at ESPN's Pac-12 blog considered Ohio State at Cal and Wisconsin at ASU, they settled for UCLA at Nebraska.
- Allen Crabbe heads to Minnesota in ESPN's final mock draft.
- Allen Crabbe will join some elite company when he's selected in tonight's first round.
- The men's team released its 2013-14 schedule.
Swimming and Diving
- Missy Franklin won the 200m freestyle and 200m backstroke at the U.S. National Championships and World Championships Trials. Future teammate and current Bear Elizabeth Pelton finished second in the 200m back and posted the world's second-fastest time of the year.
- Incoming freshman Ryan Murphy finished third in the 200 back behind Olympic Medalists Ryan Lochte and Tyler Clary. Freshman Jacob Pebley trailed Murphy by only .36 seconds.
- Nathan Adrian won the 100m freestyle.