Kid’s books: super stars

Do you love to write kid’s books about super stars? I think it’s great when you can put famous young stars in the spotlight as a role model. What about Missy Franklin? What makes her special? One reason is her wonderful, logical, attitude. You may know Missy became a swimming idol when she won a total of 5 medals in 2012, at the age of seventeen. She will go to the upcoming Olympics in Rio de Janiero  next month. In an interview with a Time for Kids magazine reporter here are some of Missy’s views.

When asked “How many medals do you expect to take home this year?”

Missy said, “I never go into a meet with a certain medal count in mind—that’s setting my goals off of other people. If I walked away from a meet with seven gold medals, but no best times, I would be very disappointed. That would show I didn’t beat myself and I wasn’t at my best. If I walked away with seven best times and no medals, how could I be disappointed? That means I would have been faster and stronger than I’ve ever been.”

What did you think of Missy’s answer? I think she’s concentrating on doing her best and that’s more valuable than how many medals she takes home.

When asked ” How does it feel to break a world record?” Missy said:

“It’s really hard to describe. The first world record I broke I was 16, in Germany. In the moment, it’s hard to understand the gravity of what you just did. It takes time to realize that you were just the fastest person in that event in the history of the sport. There’s so much honor and pride that comes with that.”

Are you wondering what Missy’s training schedule is?

Here’s her answer to that question:

I’m up at 4 a.m. making breakfast, then we’ll swim from 5 to 7 a.m. Then we have a few hours of down time before we swim from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. After that, I’ll grab a quick lunch and lift weights from 1 to 2 p.m. I’ll either have Pilates or physical therapy for an hour. We’re done [with training] by 3 or 4 p.m. and I’m usually in bed by 8 p.m.

That’s a pretty busy schedule isn’t  it? You really need to be dedicated when you’re an Olympic athlete.

You can see Missy Franklin had huge dreams and she’s worked tirelessly to realize them. When I was small,  my dream was to become a champion horseback rider. In order to do that, I had to overcome big odds. You can find out more about my journey in the first of my kid’s books, Tails of Sweetbrier. This one is a true story. I hope it shows you to follow your dreams, even when the path isn’t easy. It would be lovely if this story became one of your favorite kid’s books.

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  1. Sherry Ellis says:

    That’s a lot of practice time! I like that she’s striving to keep improving.

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