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Swimming: Day 3 Finals - Swimming Missy Franklin USA waves to the crowd after winning a gold medal in the women's 100m backstroke final

US swimmer Missy Franklin celebrates winning the women's 100m backstroke final swimming event on July 30, 2012 in London.

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2012 U.S. Championships: Senior women's finals

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Missy Franklin celebrates winning the Women's 200m Backstroke Final with team mate Elizabeth Beisel on Day 7 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Aquatics Centre

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Missy Franklin wins GOLD in the women's 200m backstroke with a WORLD RECORD time of 2:04:06 at 17. #GoTeamUSA #USASwimming #LondonOlympics

Dana Vollmer, Missy Franklin, Allison Schmitt and Shannon Vreeland celebrate after winning the gold medal in the women's 4x200m freestyle relay final.

17-yr-old American Missy Franklin won her first-ever Gold Medal in the Women's 100m Backstroke at the London Olympics 2012! (Photo: Associated Press)

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Missy Franklin’s Mom is the reason she’s a swimmer, and America’s great hope

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