Away we go.
A LITTLE MISSY FRANKLIN TRIBUTE: From the Times:
The Olympics, she said, have taught her so much. “I had a few times where it’s hard not just to sit down and go, ‘I’m exhausted, I’m so tired,’ ” she said. “Those are the times when it’s most important to keep a smile on your face. To get up and say, ‘You know what, so many people would kill for this opportunity.’ ”
Franklin’s ambitious program taxes her facial muscles most of all because racing and talking about racing make her smile.
“Her personality is contagious,” [Amerivan bronze medalist] Beisel said. “In the ready room, I was pretty nervous. Just watching her have so much fun, it helped me relax, and I want to really thank her for that. She’s awesome.”
To lighten the mood, Franklin told Beisel to think about the fast-food meals that await them at the end of the meet. She smiled, she danced, she laughed, and Beisel smiled and danced and laughed with her. They spoke as if the United States team were one big “Glee” cast, leading [Russian silver medalist] Zueva to say, through an interpreter, “We didn’t have such great fun on the Russian team.”