On Missy Franklin’s 17th birthday Friday, and two days before Mother’s Day, the teen has released a video dedicated to her mother, D.A. Franklin, and her mother’s own dedication to the teen’s success. As she almost certainly wouldn’t be a world class swimmer if it wasn’t for her mother, and her mother’s own struggles with the water. Read Yahoo! Sports.
“My mom actually started me swimming when I was very, very young because she’s afraid of the water,” Franklin said. “She wanted me to be comfortable in the water, wanted me to enjoy being in it, and ever since I was a baby, being in the water has been like my second home.”