Hats off to you, Missy FranklinJanuary 11, 2012 at 8:04 PM | Posted in Swimming | 2 Comments
Tags: London Olympics, Missy Franklin, Scott Cacciola
Missy Franklin is 16 years old and one of the greatest swimmers in the world and currently number one in the 200-meter freestroke and the 200-meter backstroke.
It so happens that there is money to be made in swimming. Michael Phelps makes 5 mill a year and Missy, though no Phelps yet, could make hundreds of thousands of dollars — if she would declare herself a professional. And there lies the problem and why I’ve become such a big fan of hers. If she were to take the money – indeed, she has already turned down winnings – she could not swim for a college team.
As a nice feature in today’s Wall Street Journal by Scott Cassiola relates, she loves the spirit and comraderie of her high school team and she does not want to miss that experience in college. I just love this attitude. There will always be money and we know that it comes and goes. The world is not short of money but we have never had enough spirit.
I’ll be rooting my head off for her in London.