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Missy Franklin is still on her high school swim team, but has the chance to win seven medals at the 2012 London Olympics, something that no other female athlete has ever done.
She has already captured one medal in London, a bronze in the 4x100M Freestyle relay.
Franklin qualified to swim in four individual events, and three relays.
One of those individual races gets underway on Monday in the 200M Freestyle. And while Franklin is one of the favorites to win, she is not the favorite. That title belongs to her American teammate in Allison Schmitt.
London Olympic Betting Lines available at Bovada Sportsbook have set Franklin at 3/1 to win the gold, which is just behind Schmitt and Frederica Pellegrini of Italy, who are both set at 2/1 on the payout to win the race.
So as you can see it is pretty tight at the top. And while Franklin will certainly be giving it her all to win the gold, she has a very busy schedule at these 2012 Olympics. She will be swimming heats and finals in the same days, which can certainly cause fatigue. It will be interesting to see how she holds up.
When looking at her though, she was built for swimming. Standing 6’1″, with size 13 feet, Franklin is an ideal body type for swimming, and has shown that she is definitely the new star for the Americans at these games.
Franklin is at or near the top of every individual event she is entered, including being an assertive 2/5 favorite to win the 200M backstroke, her best event. But she is also one of the favorites in the 100M backstroke, and the relays she is in the United States are tops on the lists as well.
It will definitely be fun to watch her compete, as the future of American swimming definitely looks bright if these 2012 Olympics are any indicator of what we can expect.
Check out all of the betting odds for Franklin’s events, as well as the rest of the schedule for swimming as seen on Bovada.