Missy Franklin, better known as Missy “The Missile,” first gained fame in Team USA’s “Call Me Maybe” music video that went viral in the summer of 2012. Missy, then just 16, used her dancing skills to catapult her to international success. Perhaps (just maybe) her status as one of the world’s elite swimmers contributed to her rise to stardom.
Born in 1995 in Pasadena, CA, Franklin grew up in Centennial, CO, with her parents, Dick and D.A., and her Alaskan malamute, Ruger. Her parents are originally from Canada, and thus Franklin has dual citizenship. At her mother’s request, she started swimming at age 5 and quickly loved the sport, swimming for the Colorado Stars under coach Todd Schmitz.
Franklin attended Regis Jesuit High School, an all-girls private school in Aurora, CO. She swam for the Regis Jesuit swim team all four years and graduated in 2013.