Jun 2, 2013; Santa Clara, CA, USA; Missy Franklin (USA) on deck before the start of the Women

Missy Franklin wins Sportswoman of the Year Award


In an article from the Associated Press, it has been announced that Olympic swimmer Missy Franklin has won sportswoman of the year. She had some tough competition as well.

The 18-year-old swimmer won the Sportswoman of the Year award presented Wednesday night by the Women’s Sports Foundation.

Franklin won four gold medals and a bronze at the 2012 London Olympics. She won a record six gold medals at the world championships two months ago in Barcelona, Spain.

The freshman at California was nominated along with Serena Williams, figure skater Mao Asada and wheelchair athlete Tatyana McFadden.

Along with Franklin’s award, other female athletes won different awards given out by the Women’s Sport Foundation.

Los Angeles Sparks star Candace Parker won the team award. She averaged a WNBA-leading 25.7 points and earned league MVP honors.

The WNBA won the Billie Jean King Contribution Award and Melissa Stockwell earned the Wilma Rudolph Courage Award. Vivian Hao won the Annika Inspiration Award.

At just 18 years old, there is still a lot left for Missy Franklin. She is currently enrolled at the University of California, where she is an active member of the swimming team. She has already won some of her collegiate events, and placed second in a few more.

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