LONDON -- You could call her the 'Golden Girl' of the London Olympics.
Missy Franklin, the 17-year-old who made quite a splash in her first Olympics, won a total of five medals in London: four gold and a bronze.
“It’s amazing, I can’t believe it,” Franklin said. “It’s like holding your dream in your hand. It doesn’t seem real.”
She said her success is more than she could have ever expected.
“My expectations for myself weren’t anything to do with medal counts or records,” Franklin said. “I just wanted to come here, have fun. Just have the time of my life and do my best and learn. This is what it is. It’s a learning experience for me and I think I did just that.”
After turning down dozens of endorsement deals, she plans to head back for her senior year of high school in Colorado and begin her college search.
“I’m going to start the college procedure in the fall. I’m going to take some recruiting trips so we’ll see.”
After becoming one of the most successful female swimmers of the London games, she could be dubbed the Michael Phelps of women, but Missy said she would rather make a name for herself.
“I don’t think anyone can be compared to Michael. What he’s done is absolutely incredible, but hopefully I can become the Missy Franklin of swimming.”