U.S. Olympians Portraits, Missy Franklin

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There's more to Missy Franklin than her gold medals, though she's got a bunch of those.

This star was only 17 when she made her winning debut at the 2012 London Olympics, taking home five medals, four of them gold, and setting two individual world records.

Even though the swimmer has struggled so far in Rio, she's got another shot at individual glory, starting with her 200-meter backstroke heat this morning.

Part of her why we believe in Missy: She's proven to be such a great person in and out of the swimming pool.

Here are five things about her you may not have known: 

Missy Franklin

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1. She's Generous With Her Time: After becoming America's sweetheart in 2012, she used her fame to bring attention to some seriously important causes. The 21-year-old worked closely with One Drop USA, which strives to provide clean, accessible water all around the world. She also was named the ambassador for the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation in 2015, assisting the foundation by inspiring children reach to strive for success through sport and inclusive play.

2. She Has Her Own Swimwear Collection Coming This Fall: After signing an endorsement deal with Speedo last summer, news broke about this swimmer's foray into the fashion industry earlier this June. Appropriately dubbed, The Missy Franklin Signature Series, her swimwear will vary from one-piece practice suits to mix-and-match separates. According to the press release, the clothing is "designed to make women and girls feel comfortable and confident in and out of the water." We are all about that!

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3. She's a Swiftie!: That's right. The Southern California native shared this photo of her and some friends with the "Bad Blood" singer, the meet-up of epic proportions taking place at Swift's Denver stop during her 1989 Tour. Taylor even took to Twitter to give the Olympian a shout-out, writing, "So blown away by @FranklinMissy ! I was so happy to see you win, girl :)." 

4. A Family Memoir Is on the Way: Earlier this March, Missy shared that she wanted to co-author a book with her parents. Relentless Spirit: The Unconventional Raising of a Champion will talk about how family was such an integral part of Missy's swimming career. The trio signed a deal with Penguin Random House publishing and have announced the book is due out in early December. 

5. She Thinks Outside the Box: The latest member of the Wheaties family shared her excitement about securing an endorsement from the cereal of champions in February, explaining, "It's an honor to be part of Team Wheaties. It's an iconic brand that celebrates not just athletic achievements but also an athlete's character and I am proud to be part of such a great team of athletes." 

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