Youngest Olympians of 2012
Missy Franklin, a swimmer representing the U.S., will make her Olympic debut this summer. The 17-year-old holds the world record in the 4x100-meter medley relay and is being compared to Michael Phelps, as she will compete in seven events, looking to take home gold in every competition.
Olympics: The Athletes to Watch
Missy Franklin: Swimming Age: 17 Hometown: Centennial, CO Balancing act: Hailed as the next wonder in the water, the first-time Olympian wasn't kidding when she told Us she had a "busy" junior year of high school: "I had to juggle swim practice, weight training, homework and college-test prep," says the A student. "And find time to hang out with friends!"