Missy Franklin shares a moment with Maya DiRado in the pool after swimming in the Women’s 200m Backstroke Semi Final during the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium earlier this week in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
The 21-year-old swimmer walked away from the games without a medal this time around, even though she was part of the preliminary 4×200 relay squad which secured a lane for the finals squad to win gold.
“Unfortunately the time is no where near what I know I’m capable of doing. For some reason, it’s just not there right now,” Missy shared afterwards.
Maya added about Missy‘s character, “I just wanted her to know now how much the team loves her. It doesn’t matter that she didn’t make the final because she’s an amazing teammate. I can give her no higher compliment than, you would never know how she’s swimming based on how she’s interacting with the team. That’s the sign of a true champion and a true leader.”
Later on, Missy shared an inspiring message on Instagram. Read it below:
"Trust in the Lord with all of your heart, do not depend on your own understanding." I understand so very little about this past week, about how many sacrifices and endless hours of hard work would leave me so far behind where I thought I was capable of being. But understanding will not bring me peace. Peace is knowing that I did everything I possibly could have done, that something beautiful will come out of this, and that I will come back stronger than ever before. The outpouring of love and support I have received has truly blown me away, and I cannot thank you all enough for how you have warmed my heart and soul. I am so proud to be apart of the best team in the world, and can't wait to cheer with everything I have for the next and final two sessions for TEAM USA??????????