Swimmer Missy Franklin Decision Favors College

U.S. Olympic gold medalist Missy Franklin, nicknamed “The Missile” for her speed in the water at this past summer’s Olympic Games in London, has made a monumental decision, according to Cleveland.Com.

She has decided to forego turning pro at this time, and all the lucrative advertising endorsement deals she could have signed, in favor of becoming a college student.

“If I had anyone who swims high school come up to me and tell me they don’t want me to swim, I would absolutely not swim,” Franklin recently explained. “But everyone who I’ve talked to has been so supportive of it.”

The world record setting athlete stated that she made the decision in favor of attending Cal State University where she will be a member of the Golden Bears Swim Team because it made her happy.

She said making her decision was not easy.

The swimmer revealed that making such a decision is harder than she initially believed. For every person who thinks swimming for her high school team is the right choice, others aren’t so positive about the proposition.

“So it’s so hard when I have so many people that are really wanting me to do it and so supportive, and I have other people who are saying it’s not fair. ‘Why would you do this to other girls?’ And I feel so bad thinking that they would think that,” Franklin said.

“It’s hard, because I feel like no matter what I do, it’s going to be opposed in some way or form,” Franklin said. “It’s hard, but it’s life.”

“Bottom line, and believe this if you will or not, Franklin isn’t swimming for herself. She wants to be there for her school and friends,” The Denver Post writer Neil Devlin explained. “So why can’t we understand that?”

Franklin also said she can’t wait to be challenged by attending the school and chose it because she believes that graduates can point with pride to earning a degree there.

Franklin also said she has a gameplan in mind that will keep her in school for another two years before she begins training on a full-time basis for the next Olympic Games.