Swimming champion Missy Franklin competes in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games

In 2012, at the age of 17, Missy attended her first Olympic games, winning several gold medals that year and being hailed as a natural and a favorite. Going into the 2016 games, however, was a bit more difficult. Franklin says she felt more pressure during the Olympic Trials this year than she did the first time. It seems the glory of her previous success created a need to perform at least as well in 2016.

Although she didn't do as well in the trials, Missy is confident that she can take the games by storm, reports the Denver Post.

"Trials is just so unique. It is, without a doubt, the most pressure-filled situation we will ever compete in. Being at the Olympic Games is so different. We've made it on the team; that's the really hard thing we need to do."

Where Missy Franklin gets her inspiration

According toBreaking Christian News,Missy turns to God to help her through the tough times.

She prays to him, talks to him throughout the day, and allows her faith in God's goodness to lead her career and, indeed, her life. Thanking God for her talent, it is important for this Olympic swimmer to give back to the community, to share what God has given her. She enjoys mentoring, supporting, and inspiring young girls to follow their dreams.

How Missy Franklin gives back

In an interview withPeoplemagazine, Missy Franklin says mentoring is one of her greatest loves.

"I'm confident in who I am as a woman, and I try to encourage other young women to do the same and be confident in what they are as well. I hope they see that I'm true to myself no matter what happens."

In 2014, Missy was the youngest athlete to win the Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year Award. Shortly thereafter, she appeared in San Francisco at the Playworks East Bay Junior Coach Conference. It was at this time Franklin shared the news that Laureus would continue to support Playworks.

This organization is a unique non-profit that reaches children through sports and play. Providing coaching and mentoring, Playworks strives to use team sports to help children in both physical and emotional turmoil.

Missy Franklin plans to give her all in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games this summer.

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