By Jennifer Lee, EnStarz | Jul 31, 2012 08:55 PM EDT
Justin Bieber has congratulated Missy Franklin on winning her first Olympic gold medal on Monday. The pop star singer took to his Twitter following Franklin's 100 Meter backstroke win.
Bieber wrote: "Heard @FranklinMissy is a fan of mine. now im a fan of hers too. CONGRATS on winning GOLD! #muchlove."
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The 17 year old teen sensation has won the hearts of millions by holding her nerve to win her first Olympic gold. She even managed to accomplish the feat by taking to the pool for her final less than 15 minutes following her semi final for the 200 Meter Freestyle race.
Franklin spotted Bieber's tweet and quickly responded, "I just died! Thankyou!"
However, Bieber was not the only one delighted with Missy Franklin's win; Scotty McCreery, winner of hit reality TV singing contest American Idol, also Tweeted, "We're rooting for you @franklinmissy! Keep it up! #USA."
Again Franklin took the time out from her celebrations to respond to the tweet, posting: "That means the world to me! Thank you so much!"
Previously in the summer Games Missy Franklin helped Team USA to a bronze in the 400 Meter Freestyle Relay on Day 1. Franklin helped her team to an early lead swimming the first leg, but her team mates could not hold of a powerful Australia team who came through in style to take the gold, setting an Olympic record of 3 minutes 33.15 seconds.
Team USA did however hold on to take a bronze medal. Missy Franklin swam leadoff under world record pace to give her team a brilliant chance at the gold, but it was not to be that time, and a perfectly timed assault by Australia saw Team USA come up short. However, Franklin helped set such a fast pace for Team USA that they produced an American record in the event.
Franklin missing out on that gold however did not mean she had to miss out on gold for long, and Monday saw her fulfill her dream. The swimmer, who goes to high school in Auroro, Colorado where the recent "Dark Knight" shootings took place, dedicated her gold to the victims and said she would keep them in her thoughts and prayers throughout the Games.
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