Missy Franklin, 17, Wins 100-Meter Backstroke

Celebrity News Jul. 30, 2012 AT 4:20PM
Missy Franklin celebrates winning the women's 100m backstroke final at the London 2012 Olympic Games on July 30, 2012 in London. Missy Franklin celebrates winning the women's 100m backstroke final at the London 2012 Olympic Games on July 30, 2012 in London. Credit: Leon Neal/AFP/Getty

Being in London has proven to be much more than Missy Franklin's chance to rub elbows with the royals. In fact, on Monday, the 17-year-old Team USA rookie earned her first gold medal!

During day four of the 2012 London Olympics, the teen swimmer won the women's 100-meter backstroke event by clocking in at 58.33 seconds. Australian swimmer Emily Seebohm, 20, took second with 58.68 while Japan's Aya Terakawa, 27, nabbed third place with a time of 58.83.

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Even more impressive was that her winning race occurred just 10 minutes after coming in eighth and securing the final qualifying spot in the 200m freestyle semifinals; the event's finals take place Tuesday evening.

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For Franklin, who hails from Pasadena, Calif., this summer's Games will hopefully bring her more than medals.

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"I want to ride a double-decker bus and meet One Direction, Prince William and Kate Middleton," the high school senior tells Us Weekly. "I am in love with all of them!"

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