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Pack Up Those Gold Medals! Olympian Missy Franklin Heads to College

Olympic Swimmer Missy Franklin Heads to College

Originally posted 08/19/2013 06:00PM

Missy Franklin is college-bound.

The 18-year-old became the first US female swimmer to win six gold medals at the World Championships in Barcelona on Aug. 4, but she's already focused on starting her life as a student at the University of California, Berkeley.

"Honestly just being home is enough of a celebration for me," the four-time Olympic gold medalist, who will go straight from hosting the US Open Arthur Ashe Kids' Day to move into her dorm room, told PEOPLE on Tuesday.

While such a busy schedule could be overwhelming for some, Franklin takes it all in stride, with the help of her trademark upbeat attitude.

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When Harry Met Missy! The Prince Serenades Olympian Missy Franklin | Prince Harry

Prince Harry Sings 'Happy Birthday' to Missy Franklin

Originally posted 05/11/2013 10:35AM

Missy Franklin is officially the envy of 18-year-olds everywhere!

Prince Harry helped make the Olympic swimming champ's birthday wishes come true by joining in a sing-along at a party in Colorado on Friday.

Standing next to Harry, 28, Franklin flashed her famous smile as party guests serenaded her with "Happy Birthday."

"And the perfect way to end my 18th birthday!? Meeting Prince Harry!" Franklin wrote in a post on her Instagram page. "It was an honor meeting him and I had a blast as always."

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POLL: What Was Your Favorite Olympics Gold Medal Moment?

Summer Olympics 2012

Olympics 2012: What Was Your Favorite Gold Medal Moment?

Originally posted 08/12/2012 02:50PM

All that glitters has turned to gold for Team USA – 39 times (and counting!) to be exact.

But as the Summer Olympics comes to a close, here's a recap of the moments that were just as sweet as the victories.

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Michael Phelps & Missy Franklin Win Gold in Final Races in London

Michael Phelps & Missy Franklin Finish London Games

Originally posted 08/04/2012 05:05PM

Michael Phelps and Missy Franklin have done it again!

Both swimmers struck gold in their final races in the London Games.

As part of the American 400M-medley relay team – which included Matt Grevers, Brendan Hansen and Nathan Adrian – Phelps scored the 22nd Olympic medal of his career. It was also his 18th gold medal.

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How Did Star Swimmer Missy Franklin Fare in Her Latest Race?

Missy Franklin Swims in the 200M Backstroke: How Did She Do?

Originally posted 08/03/2012 03:45PM

Spoiler Alert: Results from the Olympic Games are available live online, several hours ahead of the telecasts. If you'd rather find out how the athletes fare on TV, stop reading here!

Was it another celebratory day in London for Olympic star Missy Franklin?

The popular swimmer, 17, who goes by the nickname "Missy the Missile," swam in the 200M backstroke Friday, in hopes of scoring another gold. So how did she finish?

WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD ...

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Five Things to Know About Gold Medalist Missy Franklin

Missy Franklin: Five Things to Know About the Olympic Swimmer

Originally posted 07/31/2012 10:55AM

When it comes to making a splash in London Aquatics Centre's 160-foot pool, veteran U.S. swimmers – ahem, Ryan Lochte and Michael Phelps – soak up much attention, between their all-time record aspirations and gold medal-worthy accessories.

But there's a fresher face emerging as a 2012 Summer Olympics breakthrough star (with her stars-and-stripes nail art, no less): 17-year-old Missy Franklin.

Already toting gold and bronze medals, Franklin goes by the nickname Missy the Missile. But before she hits the pool again Tuesday for the 200 M freestyle final (and another shot at striking gold), here's five things to know about America's Olympian sweetheart.

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RECAP: How Is Team USA Doing at the Olympics?

UpdatePosted 07/31/2012 08:20AM

Olympics 2012: Team USA Earns Nine Gold Medals So Far

Originally posted 07/29/2012 04:25PM

Spoiler Alert: Results from the Olympic Games are available live online, several hours ahead of the telecasts. If you'd rather find out how the athletes fare on TV, stop reading here!

Only a few days into the 2012 Olympics, Team USA is already showing some impressive victories in London. The country currently boasts 23 medals total, including nine gold, according to Sports Illustrated.

Perhaps the biggest highlight from the games so far: Michael Phelps shattering the Olympic record to become the most decorated Olympian of all time with 19 medals.

That's not to say there haven't been other amazing wins for Team USA. From favorites Kerri Walsh Jennings, 33, and Misty May-Treanor, 34, advancing in beach volleyball to a new record set in skeet shooting, check out a recap of the U.S. highlights so far. (WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD!)

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