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America lost its heart to Missy Franklin, the 17-year-old Rocky Mountain swimmer who backstroked to her first Olympic gold yesterday.

Franklin — who spends her free time reading “The Hunger Games,” finishing up her English homework and shopping for a prom dress — turned down more than $150,000 in prize money and untold sponsorship riches so she could keep competing for [her high school in Aurora, Colorado] Regis, where she’ll be a senior in the fall.

“You only get to be a teenager once,” she told The Daily in a June interview. “I don’t want to miss out on it.”

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    Bold move kid. yolo through your high school years I guess.
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    i honestly started tearing up when i saw this… gawd i’m way too into the olympics
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