Jul 31 2012
I have discovered a new role model for our young girls: Missy Franklin. Her story is one of Middle America shunning the lime light and promises of money (for now). I loved her back story (fixed and updated link), how she decided to stay with her coach, her family, her friends and her school. I loved how she put off corporate sponsors (for now) so she could swim with her High School team. Missy shows so much wisdom and patience and balance. She knew instinctively that her core success was built on family, friends and community. As she said, why change what was working?
I think this was why she was so strong when she swam a semi-final and then 10 minutes later swam to a Gold Medal. She had the core self confidence and heart that made her fearless, and willing to just enjoy herself.
For doing it right. For doing it from the heart of Main Street America. For putting family, friends and community ahead of fame and fortune – and winning. Missy Franklin is my hero for these games. And I have NEVER had a hero in the Olympics. I have been impressed, but never moved.
Go Missy, Go USA!