Missy Franklin visits Fraser rec center
Four-time Olympic gold medalist Missy Franklin made a splash when she stopped by the Grand Park Community Recreation Center on Sunday, Oct. 25.
Franklin, who currently studies and swims at the University of California, Berkeley, was in the area with family as they closed on a home in the Grand Lake area, said Recreation Center Manager Tim Stabbe.
Franklin won five medals at the 2012 Olympics, including four gold medals.
“She was extremely gracious and the staff thought she was great to work with and easy going,” Stabbe said. “She didn’t ask for anything special.”
After completing her morning workout, the 20-year-old swimming superstar agreed to sign some swim caps, including some that she personalized for the girls on Peak Swim, the district’s swim team, said Stabbe, who met Franklin previously while working as the associate manager of aquatics for the U.S. Olympics in Colorado Springs.
“She had heard that we had a swim team in the area and asked how it was going, and I told her that the kids would go nuts if she signed some caps for some of the team with their names on them,” Stabbe said. “It was really cool. She didn’t have to do that obviously, but it was great that she did and the kids absolutely loved it.”
Franklin was impressed with the facility and purchased a season pass.
“I suspect that we’ll actually see her quite a bit during break times when she’s not training in California,” Stabbe said. “She now has a membership at the rec. center, and she’s probably our most famous member.”
Peak Swim Team will host Silverthorne Tsunami at a dual meet on Sunday morning, Nov. 15 at Grand Park Community Recreation Center. The meet starts at 10 a.m.
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