Missy Franklin finds hearts, signs all over her house after Olympics


CENTENNIAL, Colo. — Swimming superstar Missy Franklin got a heartfelt welcome when she returned home to Colorado after competing in the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

Franklin tweeted a video showing her front yard covered with dozens of paper hearts, in various shades of pink – with a personal message handwritten on each.

She pans over to show the large signs hanging from her garage door and fence, and many more pink hearts on the other side of the front yard.

In the video you can hear Franklin say, “This is so sweet!”

Franklin stops a group of young girls on the sidewalk, who squeal when they see her.

“Come here, give me a hug!” Franklin says and it sounds like she might be crying and laughing at the same time.

Franklin returned from Rio with a gold medal for the Women’s 4x200m freestyle relay.

It was a bittersweet win for the Centennial swimmer. She swam in the preliminary that helped get the team into the final, but she was not among the group of four who swam and won the race for team USA. Competitors who swim in the preliminary also receive medals.

Franklin failed to qualify for the 200 meter freestyle final, and later said it was “the most disappointed I’ve ever been in any athletic performance.”

Franklin plans to return to UC Berkeley to continue her education and hopes to be stronger than ever for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.

Franklin, a graduate of Regis Jesuit High School in Aurora, was just 17 when she won four gold medals and a bronze at the London Olympics in 2012.