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Olympics: Golden girl lifts US massacre town

Published on Aug 1, 2012 5:59 PM
 
US swimmer Missy Franklin celebrates winning the women's 100m backstroke final swimming event at the London 2012 Olympic Games on July 30, 2012 in London. The 17-year-old high school senior with her open smile was a minor local star before she set off for her first Olympic Games in London, but she has since set the swimming world alight and cheered the mood in her United States (US) hometown of Aurora, Colorado. -- PHOTO: AFP

CENTENNIAL, Colorado (AFP) - A bloody movie theater massacre cast a shadow over this corner of Colorado, but the golden Olympic performance of local teenager Missy Franklin has proved a light in the darkness.

The 17-year-old high school senior with her open smile was a minor local star before she set off for her first Olympic Games in London, but she has since set the swimming world alight and cheered the mood in her United States (US) hometown.

Franklin attends high school in Aurora, the town where earlier this month a crazed gunman opened fire at a midnight showing of a new Batman film and killed 12 moviegoers, and lives in nearby Centennial, where he is on trial.

She heard about the shootings in London, where she was preparing for the event of her young life, and spoke from the heart.

 
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