Missy Franklin has decided to sign up and swim for her school team in Aurora, Colorado, after spending the summer winning four Olympic gold medals in London for USA Swimming.
Franklin, 17, had been undecided over whether to resume swimming for the Regis Jesuit High School team, with some critics saying her presence would be unfair on school friends and opponents, and others that not to return would be disrespectful.
“The hardest part for me is I really have no gut feeling on this,” Franklin said earlier in the month. “It’s so hard when I have so many people who are really wanting me to do it and so supportive, and I have other people who are saying it’s not fair, saying: ‘Why would you do this to other girls?’ And I feel so bad thinking that they would think that.”
Franklin said it’s been a hard decision because she feels like no matter what she does, it’s going to be opposed in some way or form.
But the school’s athletic director, John Koslosky, said that Franklin, in her final year at Regis Jesuit before leaving for the university of California, has now decided to participate in some of the scheduled events.
“She’s doing this because of her team, her school and the other girls who swim in high school,” Koslosky told the Denver Post. “And she wants to. They all want her there.”
Koslosky confirmed that, given her training schedule and other demands on her time, her appearances will be limited, and the school would try to minimise the disruption caused by interest in watching her compete.
“It will be limited,” he said. “Last year, there were all sorts of cameras everywhere … Missy was concerned about it, and I think that’s what made her struggle in making this decision.”
Koslosky also said he will consult with the Colorado High School Activities Association for the Franklin-attended Raiders meets as well as for state.