Countless individuals across the planet aspire to be professional athletes. For many, that dream begins as early as childhood. Although the globe is generously populated with talented professional athletes, only a minuscule percentage of them can call themselves “World Champions.” Olympic Swimmer Missy Franklin, is among them.
After a recent performance at the 2016 Rio Olympics that left her without any individual medals, the world champion is sharing her accomplishments, struggles, and journey with her fans.
On this episode of One-on-One with Steve Adubato, Missy Franklin – now the author of her memoir Relentless Spirit, co-written with her parents – sits down with show host Steve Adubato to talk about her passion for swimming and how her deep faith has kept her strong.
Franklin was just 17-years-old when she won four Gold Medals in her Olympic debut at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London. She has always had a strong passion for sports, enjoying a variety of them as well as the nature of competition.
“You know, I started my summer club (swimming) team when I was five, and I started year-round swimming when I was seven,” Franklin said. “And it was all entirely my decision. It was me going to my parents, saying, ‘I love this so much, and I want to do more of it.’”
Franklin goes on to talk about the pressure of being an Olympic athlete, explaining that she is her own toughest critic.
“I think it’s myself that really comes down with that hammer, saying, ‘You really need to do what you think you’re capable of doing here,’” she said. “So it’s definitely been a balance of using that pressure to make myself better, instead of having it take away from anything.”
To learn more about Olympic champion Missy Franklin, her career and her new memoir, check out this segment of One-on-One with Steve Adubato.
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