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Classmates, Friends Welcome Missy Franklin Home

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (CBS4) – Four-time Olympic gold medalist Missy Franklin says she is overwhelmed by all the support she has here in Colorado.

Franklin arrived home from London in time to register for classes Tuesday at Regis Jesuit High School. She begins her senior year at Regis, a private Catholic high school in Aurora, next week.

Several signs were hung up around the school welcoming her home Tuesday. The boys football team also made a music video welcoming her back:

Franklin says she can’t wait for the first high school game.

There was a point Tuesday when Franklins says she just savored being back in a routine in her hometown.

“I was driving to school knowing where I’m going, on familiar streets — it was great,” Franklin told CBS4. “Being home has been so awesome.”

In addition to winning four golds and a bronze medal at the Olympics, Franklin broke the world record in the Women’s 200m backstroke.

“I think it’s sinking in, but not the accomplishment — just the fun I had and friends I made. I think that parts is starting to feel real to me,” Franklin said of her Olympic experience.

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Franklin plans to swim in college but says she will discuss the lucrative endorsement possibilities she could unquestionably secure if she chose not to do so with her parents and her coach.

missy franklin Classmates, Friends Welcome Missy Franklin Home

Missy Franklin hugs a friend on Tuesday. (credit: CBS)

On Wednesday Franklin flies to Los Angeles to appear on some talk shows and then on Thursday she starts her senior year at Regis.

She is giving herself the rest of August off from swimming and then she’ll start training again in September.


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