Olympian Missy Franklin Dedicates Wins to Aurora, Colo., Neighbors

The 17-year-old swimmer dedicated her gold medal win to the shooting victims in her home state.
3:43 | 07/31/12

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FAMILY WERE HURT THERE. AND COMING TO THE GAMES, SHE WAS VOWING TO GIVE COLORADO A REASON TO BE PROUD. AND IN THAT 100-METER BACKSTROKE, DID SHE EVER. HERE COMES FRANKLIN, DOWN IN LANE 5. Reporter: MOMENTS LIKE THIS, AREN'T SUPPOSED TO HAPPEN. GIRLS WHO IGNORE ADVICE TO JOIN FAMOUS COACHES IN FLORIDA OR CALIFORNIA. GIRLS WHO TURN THEIR BACKS ON CASH BECAUSE THEY WOULD RATHER GO TO COLLEGE. BUT MISSY FRANKLIN SWIMS PURE. AND THIS MORNING, SHE IS PURE GOLD. I AM SO HAPPY. I KNEW THAT TONIGHT WAS GOING TO BE DIFFICULT. BUT I HAD A BLAST WITH IT. Reporter: EVEN MORE AMAZING, THAT WIN WAS HER SECOND RACE IN 15 MINUTES. THAT'S THE GRIND WHEN YOU SET OUT TO WIN AN UNPRECEDENTED SEVEN MEDALS. NO WONDER THEY CALL HER THE FEMALE MICHAEL PHELPS. ABLE TO COMPETE IN ALMOST EVERY STROKE, THANKS TO A POWERFUL 6'1" FRAME. SHE PROPELS HERSELF THROUGH THE WATER WITH SIZE 13 FEET. AND SHE HAS HANDS THE SIZE OF FRISBEES. I KNOW I HAVE MY FAMILY AND FRIENDS AND COACH BEHIND ME. Reporter: ON THE MEN'S SIDE, MORE DISAPPOINTMENT FOR THE GREAT WET HOPE. RYAN LOCHTE WAS DESTROYED BY AGNEL DOWN THE STRETCH, FINISHING FOURTH IN THE 200-METER FREESTYLE. I KNOW I CAN GO FASTER THAN THAT. I DON'T KNOW WHERE I FELL OFF. MICHAEL PHELPS HAS TWO CRACKS AT GOLD. CHINA'S VERSION OF MISSY FRANKLIN IS A 16-YEAR-OLD NAMED YE SHIWEN. SHE HAS BEEN SO GOOD. SO SCARY FAST, THAT THE AMERICAN HEAD OF THE WORLD SWIM COACH'S ASSOCIATION CREATED A DIPLOMATIC EARTHQUAKE BY ISSUING THE SUSPICION THAT THE CHINESE ARE CHEATING. USING PERFORMANCE-ENHANCING DRUGS WHEN THE SPLIT TIMES WERE FASTER THAN THE BEST MEN IN THE WORLD. SHE DID TEST NEGATIVE FOR ANY DRUGS. AND SAID, QUOTE, THE CLEAN KNEES PEOPLE HAVE CLEAN HANDS. A STUNNER IN GYM TEAM USA WAS A LOCK TO WIN THE GOLD, IT SEEMED. THEY HAD AN EPIC FAIL YESTERDAY. SUFFERING A STUMBLING, STAGGERING INTO FIFTH PLACE, AS CHINA TOOK THE GOLD. BUT IN THE SAME EVENT, PRINCES WILLIAM AND HARRY, HAS REASON TO YELL HAZAH, AS THEIR COUNTRYMAN WON THE SILVER. THE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA NOW HAS MORE OVERALL MEDALS THAN THE UNITED KINGDOM, THERE'S SO MUCH INFECTIOUS ENTHUSIASM AMONG OUR ALLIES ON THIS SIDE OF THE POND. WHEN AMERICANS AREN'T CHEERING FOR TEAM USA, ROBIN AND JOSH, THEY'RE CHEERING FOR TEAM G.B. THEY SHOULD BE. THE GLOBE REALLY CONNECTING WITH ITSELF, VIA TWITTER. THE SOCIAL MEDIA TAKING OVER THESE OLYMPICS. WE'LL BE CHECKING BACK IN WITH YOU IN A FEW MOMENTS. LOOK AT WHAT RYAN LOCHTE HAD TO SAY AFTER HIS LATEST HEARTBREAK. THE GREATEST ATHLETES SUFFER THE HARDEST DEFEATS BEFORE THE BIGGEST AND BEST MOMENTS OF YOUR LIFE. GOD HAS A PLAN FOR EVERYONE. AND LOCHTE WILL HAVE A FEW MORE SHOTS AT MEDAL. LET'S LOOK AT OUR UPDATED MEDAL COUNT. THESE ARE THE BIG FAVORITES. WE MENTIONED JAPAN IN THE MEN'S TEAM EVENTS WITH GYMNASTICS. JAPAN, MOVING PAST ITALY INTO THIRD. CHINA AND THE U.S., WITH 17 MEDALS EACH. CHINA LEADING THE WAY WITH NINE GOLDS. ROBIN? SO MANY APPRECIATE WHAT RYAN LOCHTE HAD TO SAY IN THAT TWEET.

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