Five-time Olympic medalist Missy Franklin was one of the bright young stars for the United States during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, and she has continued to add hardware to her trophy case with her latest award.
On Tuesday evening at a ceremony in Florida, the AAU handed out the Sullivan Award to Franklin. The award is given every year to the most outstanding amateur athlete. While she is most well-known for her Olympic run, Franklin is currently swimming at Regis Jesuit High School.
“This award means a lot to me because of how much I’ve given up to be amateur,” Missy said during the ceremony, via Olympic Talk. “I absolutely love being an amateur athlete, and to be a part of something so special that honors that is amazing.
“I’m looking at awards won before me, and there’s Tracy Caulkins and Bruce Jenner and Peyton Manning. It’s incredible. All these athletes have won the award. It’s such an honor. I can’t believe my picture’s going up next to theirs.”
Franklin will now turn her attention to her college career at Cal Berkeley, before focusing on the 2016 Olympics that will take place in Rio.