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Here is the Missy Franklin Today Show video from Tues. July 31, 2012 at the London Olympics. In the interview with NBC’s Hoda Kotb, the 17-year-old first-time Olympic gold medalist swimmer spoke shortly after winning on Mon. July 30 and was reunited with her parents, Dick Franklin and D.A. Franklin who were interviewed the next day (July 31) by NBC’s Savannah Guthrie. More details and the full video are below.
The complete interview replay video is above. Another video, which profiles the Olympic champion and her background and biography is posted below. Missy Franklin, who is a 17-year-old senior at Regis Jesuit High School in Aurora, Colorado, won a gold medal in the women’s 100-meter backstroke, and set an American record in the process. It is all the more remarkable as she had just 14 minutes to recover from a previous race — a preliminary heat for the 200M; more details including photos and video here. She has been widely celebrated and dubbed, in the media, as the “female Michael Phelps.”
Additionally, Missy Franklin, a Justin Bieber fan received a Tweet from the teen music superstar; “heard @FranklinMissy is a fan of mine. now im a fan of hers too. CONGRATS on winning GOLD! #muchlove”
As a part of the interview with Hoda Kotb, Missy Franklin was shown some video of her parents reacting to her victory and in a complete surprise, she was reunited in person with her parents, Dick and D.A. Franklin whom she had not seen since early July.
In the interview with NBC’s Savannah Guthrie, Dick and D.A. Franklin talked about their daughter’s Olympic journey including her decision to compete for the U.S. rather than Canada (she has dual citizenship via her Canadian parents) as well as her decision to continue to train locally in Colorado rather than relocate.
Watch the profile video below.
- Missy Franklin Wins Gold (Video, Photos) London 2012 Olympics Women’s 100M Backstroke Swimming
- Natalie Coughlin Today Show Video July 30, 2012 London Olympics Interview with Matt Lauer
- Dana Vollmer Today Show Video July 30, 2012 London Olympics Interview with Savannah Guthrie