Bill Carey
Tuesday July 31st, 2012

Teenage girls around the world may be jealous of U.S. swimmer Missy Franklin this morning, and not because she won a gold medal in the 100-meter backstroke Monday.

The 17-year-old Franklin, who is quickly becoming one of the stars of the London Olympics, received a message from pop star Justin Bieber on Twitter.



Franklin had a busy Monday. She qualified for the final of the 200-meter freestyle and, less than 15 minutes later, hit the pool again in the 100 back. She broke her own American record in taking her first Olympic gold medal. Franklin plans to swim in seven events at the Olympics, and if she keeps racing the way she did Monday, she could steal the swimming spotlight from male teammates Ryan Lochte and Michael Phelps.

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