Swimming great Missy Franklin, who won five medals at the London Olympic Games (including four gold medals), knows she has accomplished so many of her dreams at the young age of 17, but she isn't slowing down.
"I'm making so many new ones now!" she said.
In fact, in the past week, the senior at Regis Jesuit High School in Colorado:
• Set state and national swimming records and led her teammates to the Class 5A state championship. In four years, she has won eight individual state championships.
• Is a national ambassador to raise cancer awareness -- Stand Up To Cancer -- in honor of her friend's mother. Stand Up To Cancer, launched in 2008, has raised more than $262 million for cancer research.
• Was just named spokeswoman for the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America to serve as the Swim for MS Ambassador. She'll be featured in promotions and fund-raisers.
"I've had so many wonderful experiences and I can't thank God enough," Franklin said. "I'm trying to enjoy every second of my time."
Playbook had a few minutes to talk with Franklin about what's ahead.
You didn't need to come back to compete in high school but you did and you won the state championship again. What was that like?
"I'm so exhausted! The entire meet was so emotional. It was the last time swimming with those girls, the last time at that pool, the last time for so many things. I was absolutely balling. I'm so glad to share something special with best friends and teammates. I'll never forget it. It's all happy tears."
You must have senioritis as you prepare to swim and go to school at the University of California-Berkeley.
"From homework, yes! It's getting a little harder. I'm so looking forward to Cal. I'm definitely excited about college. I know I'm going to miss Colorado and all my friends here. I have no idea what I'm going to be studying at Cal. I have a passion for so many different things. I think I might consider education."
What did the Stand Up For Cancer program mean to you?
"Bonnie Suter is one of my best friend's mom. He and I swam together for years. She was like our team mom. She did the newsletters and the website stuff. She is incredible, gving so much back to our team. She found out she has Stage 4 cancer but she has exceeded all expectations and has been able to persevere. She still is pushing us. She is such a motivation for everyone."
What else is on your bucket list?
"I definitely want to have a family. I'll definitely wait for that. I always wanted to go hang gliding. There are still a couple of places I want to go. I'm getting my sucba diving certificate. Honestly, I have much left on my bucket list. There is still so much I want to do."