American Missy Franklin Aims For Seven Golds In London

Missy Franklin 2012 London OlympicsMissy "The Missile" Franklin is a precocious American teenager from Denver, who could return home from London with as many as seven Olympic swimming medals, many of them gold in color. 

The 17-year-old, who wears size 13 shoes and stands 6-1, will swim in seven events and is destined to emerge as a superstar for Team USA.

She won that magic number of seven medals (three golds) at the 2011 world swimming championships and was voted world swimmer of the year.

Franklin goes to high school and trains in the Denver suburb of Aurora (CO), the city that made world headlines last week for tragic reasons. She says she will win in England to "shine some light on Colorado."  

Franklin is one of the youngest members of the US swimming team, but already carries the torch for the future of women's swimming.