October 31, 2014 | Updated at 01:05 PM EDT The Latest Entertainment & Celebrity News

Missy Franklin: Decision To Swim Pro Or Go To College Was Tough

Olympic gold medalist Missy Franklin said she is sticking to her decision of going to college in 2013, but acknowledges that it has been tough after seeing the opportunities available for swimmers who decide to turn professional.

By Shiryn Ghermezian, EnStars on Nov 20, 2012 02:53 PM EST
facebook tweet this pin it plus
Sign Up for Newsletter
  • Missy Franklin
  • (Photo : Enstarz)

An Olympic gold medalist in swimming, Missy Franklin has to decide if she will join her high school swimming team, but she said she is sticking to her decision of going to college in 2013 even though she realizes all the opportunities available for swimmers who decide to skip that step and turn professional. 

Franklin already decided that she will swim in college in California and compete for two years before turning pro after the 2016 Olympics, held in Rio de Janeiro. 

"For right now, I still believe that college is what's going to make me the happiest girl," Franklin said at a news conference

At the end of the London Games, she said her experience competing in the Olympics this summer made her decision to go to college instead of turning pro that much more difficult. 

"I think it's made my decision a lot more difficult because I've been able to see the benefits and everything and how people get these sponsorships and what it's like for them," she said. "And how much fun they're having and seeing those and kind of wanting that, wanting to be a part of it and having it be so hard to turn it down. [But] It's also helped me in being part of such an incredible team and knowing that this is what it's all about for me."

"And being a part of that team and being on the closest team I've ever been on and knowing that's exactly what college is going to be like," she added.

Franklin is a senior at Regis Jesuit High in Aurora, Colo. The next tough decision she is facing is whether or not she will join her school's swimming team. The 17-year-old said she is hearing from some that it might give her an unfair advantage in the water, which has hindered her final decision.   

"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 Monday. "It's hard, because I feel like no matter what I do, it's going to be opposed in some way or form."

The swimming season has already started so out of fairness to her coach and teammates, Franklin wants to make the big decision quickly, though she stated "there's so many different opinions that I have no idea."

© 2014 Enstarz, All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.

Tagged :   missy franklin
facebook tweet this pin it plus
Contribute to this Story send us a tip send us a tip send us a tip
Sign Up for Newsletters

Around The Web

  • SEARCH ENSTARS

Halloween

Last-Minute Halloween Costume Ideas You Should Try

If you’re one of those people who wait for the very last minute to get your Halloween costume, we’ve put together a list of simple ones you can put together fairly quickly.

Amazon

What To Expect From Black Friday And Cyber Monday Deals This Year

We haven't even celebrated Halloween yet or thought about what to serve for Thanksgiving dinner, but it looks as though everyone is already gearing up for what looks like a very exciting Black Friday this year.

STRACK FAMILY

Utah Family Found Dead Reportedly Poisoned, According To Police

A Utah family of five who was found dead last month by family members were reportedly poisoned, according to new police findings.

Starbucks

Starbucks Will Start Delivering in 2015

The delivery – coming in 2015 – will be available to customers enrolled in the Starbucks loyalty program through a Mobile Order and Pay app debuting in Portland next month. The new app will enable customers in select markets to order and pay with their Smartphone.

Pakistan

Watch Pakistan vs Australia Cricket Live Stream

The Australia cricket team is set to face off against Pakistan's cricket team in the 1st Test at 6 a.m. GMT today.

Halloween

10 Halloween Ideas Based On Pop Culture, Photos

Halloween is just a week away and we are sure many of you are scrambling for last-minute ideas. We’ve compiled a list of costumes with a pop culture theme.

Fireworks Accident

26 Die as Fireworks Truck Explodes in China Atop an Elevated Highway (Photo)

Twenty-six people reportedly lost their lives while several others were injured after a truck exploded and blew up part of an elevated highway in China on Friday.

Afghanistan

Pakistan vs Afghanistan LIVE STREAMING Free: Watch '2014 Asia Cup' Cricket Online @ 2PM BST

The Pakistan cricket team will be playing against Afghanistan's in the latest game of the 2014 Asia Cup series at 2 p.m. BST.

Rudy Eugene / Video Still

Miami Zombie Attack Rudy Eugene Had No Flesh in Stomach; Autopsy Report

Rudy Eugene, dubbed the "Miami Zombie" after tearing off chunks of a homeless man's face, had no human flesh in his stomach, according to recent reports. An autopsy of the vicious assailant showed no signs that Eugene had actually ingested parts of Ronald Poppo's face. Instead, he was found to have undigested pills in his stomach which have yet to be identified.

Mayan Pyramid

Mayan Calendar 2012 End Of The World Date: Historical Calculations Off?

Just before dawn on Friday, most spiritualists prepared to bring in a new age while some others entertained the thought of the world ceasing to exist as one knows it. Nonetheless, planet Earth is still here and the 5,125-year Mayan calendar cycle has come to an end.

King Tut

A Virtual Autopsy Shows King Tut's Shocking Figure

New footage of King Tutankhamun’s appearance has been unveiled and it digs deeper into the life of the Egyptian pharaoh of the 18th dynasty.

Craig Spencer

Get All The Details On Craig Spencer's Ebola & His Fiancee

Fear grew in New York City after Dr. Craig Spencer was rushed to Bellevue hospital on Thursday for a fever and later diagnosed with Ebola. His fiancée, Morgan Dixon, was also quickly put into quarantine.

Halloween

Last-Minute Halloween Costume Ideas You Should Try

If you’re one of those people who wait for the very last minute to get your Halloween costume, we’ve put together a list of simple ones you can put together fairly quickly.

Cristiano Ronaldo

Barcelona vs Real Madrid Live Stream: Watch Online El Clasico in Spanish La Liga

Barcelona vs Real Madrid is the huge soccer game from Spain taking place on Sunday. The match kicks off at 1.50 p.m. ET and can be watched online through live stream (link provided below).

Latest News

Halloween

10 Offensive Halloween Costumes You Should Not Be

Halloween is the one holiday you can dress up as anyone or anything you want to. But, sometimes people take it a little bit too far.

Starbucks

Starbucks Will Start Delivering in 2015

The delivery – coming in 2015 – will be available to customers enrolled in the Starbucks loyalty program through a Mobile Order and Pay app debuting in Portland next month. The new app will enable customers in select markets to order and pay with their Smartphone.

STRACK FAMILY

Utah Family Found Dead Reportedly Poisoned, According To Police

A Utah family of five who was found dead last month by family members were reportedly poisoned, according to new police findings.

Halloween

Last-Minute Halloween Costume Ideas You Should Try

If you’re one of those people who wait for the very last minute to get your Halloween costume, we’ve put together a list of simple ones you can put together fairly quickly.

Amazon

What To Expect From Black Friday And Cyber Monday Deals This Year

We haven't even celebrated Halloween yet or thought about what to serve for Thanksgiving dinner, but it looks as though everyone is already gearing up for what looks like a very exciting Black Friday this year.

Costco

List Of Stores Set To Remain Closed On Thanksgiving

For the meticulous planners, who want to strategically zone in on all the best deals, it is important to know when which stores will be open, and unfortunately a whole bunch have chosen to remain shut on Thanksgiving and will open only on Black Friday.

Craig Spencer

Craig Spencer's Fiancee Released From Hospital After Ebola Hits NYC

Morgan Dixon, the fiancee of Dr. Craig Spencer who was tested positive for Ebola virus, was reportedly released from the hospital on Saturday afternoon.

JK Rowling

'Harry Potter' Pottermore Dives Into Umbridge's History; New J.K. Rowling Story Promised For Halloween

J.K. Rowling will deliver a new 'Harry Potter' adventure in time for Halloween mayhem.

Craig Spencer

Get All The Details On Craig Spencer's Ebola & His Fiancee

Fear grew in New York City after Dr. Craig Spencer was rushed to Bellevue hospital on Thursday for a fever and later diagnosed with Ebola. His fiancée, Morgan Dixon, was also quickly put into quarantine.

Halloween

10 Halloween Ideas Based On Pop Culture, Photos

Halloween is just a week away and we are sure many of you are scrambling for last-minute ideas. We’ve compiled a list of costumes with a pop culture theme.

Featured Videos

From Our Partners

Benfica

BENFICA vs. RIO AVE Live FREE Stream Online: 2014 Portugal Liga Table, Live Coverage from Lisbon, Projected Lineups and TACTICAL PREVIEW

Two clubs in the top half of the Portugal Liga table will do battle today in a league match between Benfica and Rio Ave. The first-division clash scheduled for 3:30 p.m. ET will be held at the Stadio da Luz in Lisbon and can be live streamed here.

Bethenny Frankel

Bethenny Frankel Daughter: Bryn Casey Hoppy Will Not Be Seen On 'RHONY' Season Seven [VIDEO]

When Bethenny Frankel returns to The Real Housewives of New York City, one very important part of her life will be missing.

Getafe

DEPORTIVO LA CORUNA vs. GETAFE Live Stream FREE Online: 2014 La Liga Table, Live Coverage from Galicia, Projected Lineups and TACTICAL PREVIEW

Two clubs in the bottom half of the Liga BBVA table will do battle today in a league match between Deportivo La Coruña and Getafe. The first-division clash scheduled for 3:45 p.m. ET will be held at the Estadio Riazor in Galicia and can be live streamed here free. Additional TV coverage can be found on beIN Sports en Español.

Destiny

Destiny Xur Location And Items For October 31 Weekend: Exotic Sniper Rifle Patience And Time, Class Chest Armor Back In Stock

The weekend has arrived, meaning mysterious Destiny merchant Xur is back, as well. The vendor is the only one in the game to sell exotic weapons, and every week is different than the last.

Farrah Abraham

Halloween Costumes 2014: 'Teen Mom' Stars Dress Up With Their Kids

Throughout the month of October, the stars of MTV's Teen Mom have been celebrating the Halloween holiday.

Lisa Rinna

Lisa Rinna 'Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills:' Soap Star 'Made Threats' Against Kim Richards [VIDEO]

Lisa Rinna and Kim Richards engaged in a bitter fight during filming on the latest installment of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.

Norwich City

NORWICH CITY vs. BOLTON WANDERERS Live Stream Online: 2014 English League Championship Table, Live Coverage From Norwich, Projected Lineups and TACTICAL PREVIEW

Two clubs in opposite halves of the English League Championship table will do battle today in a match between Norwich City and Bolton. The second-division clash scheduled for 2:45 p.m. ET will be held at Carrow Road in Norwich and can be live streamed here free.

Samsung Galaxy A5

Samsung Announces New Galaxy A3 And A5 Smartphones, Include Selfie-Optimized 5 MP Front-Facing Camera For Younger Audiences

Today, Samsung has introduced its two newest smartphones, the Galaxy A3 and the Galaxy A5, two thin phones that are made for selfies and social media.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Danger Of The Ooze

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Danger Of The Ooze Launches On PS3, Xbox 360 And 3DS; Ninja Raps Ranked [TRAILER]

Nickelodeon has released the next game based on their smash hit television show on PS3, Xbox 360 and 3DS. The game features a very...out of this world villain from another popular franchise.

Real Time Analytics