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Swimmer Missy Franklin featured in Visa’s Rio Olympics 2016 campaign

Missy Franklin is speaking freely about her faith in her life saying, “God is always there for me. I talk with Him before, during and after practice and competitions. I pray to Him for guidance. I thank Him for this talent He has given me, and promise to be a positive role model for young athletes in all sports.”

Missy is taking her faith seriously and she is not only speaking about her faith, but taking action:

Missy is very active with multiple charitable causes. She serves as an ambassador for Swim for Multiple Sclerosis, which raises money for MS research via fundraising events such as, Swim-a-Thons. She also auctioned off a private swim lesson with her longtime club coach, Todd Schmitz of the Colorado Stars, to support One Drop USA, a clean water initiative founded by Guy Laliberte.

Expect to see some outstanding races by Missy during the Rio Olympics 2016

Missy Franklin will be one of the featured faces of Visa’s campaign at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, replacing fellow swimmer Michael Phelps who is aiming to compete in his final games.

Franklin’s contract with Visa announced Friday gives the four-time Olympic gold medalist her biggest endorsement deal outside the pool since she turned pro last year after competing for two years in college. The 20-year-old has deals with swimwear maker Speedo and Minute Maid.

The Team Visa campaign, which began in 2004, provides Olympic hopefuls with financial and marketing exposure leading up to the games.

Phelps, who turns 31 in June, is training for his fifth and last Olympics. The 18-time gold medalist had been a stalwart of previous Visa Olympic campaigns.

Missy had her big breakthrough during the Olympics 2012

You surely want to keep a close watch on Missy during the Olympics. She holds two World Records (WR) and three American Records (AM). During the Olympics 2112 she won four gold medals and one bronze medal. We may expect to see some exciting races just in a few weeks time in Rio.

Gold medal – first place 100 m backstroke 58.33 (AM)
Gold medal – first place 200 m backstroke 2:04.06 (WR)
Gold medal – first place 4×200 m freestyle 7:42.92 (AM)
Gold medal – first place 4×100 m medley 3:52.05 (WR)
Bronze medal – third place 4×100 m freestyle 3:34.24 (AM)

Missy Frustration Swimming

FILE – In this Jan. 16, 2016, file photo, Missy Franklin watches the results board of the women’s 200-meter backstroke during the Arena Pro Swim Series, in Austin, Texas. The Olympic champion with the perpetual smile concedes that subpar performances over the past year have gotten under her skin just a bit. Stephen Spillman, File AP Photo

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