Sure, it means the 17-year-old swimmer would win the top award for the second year in a row, but who really deserves to win the award more than the young woman who has made it clear that she will be the future of USA Swimming?
Franklin's bubbly personality and genuine attitude have made her a favorite among swimming fans, but it isn't her personality that should win her this award. Simply put, it's her accomplishments at the 2012 Olympic Games.
There, Franklin won five Olympic medals -- four of which were gold. The gold medals came in the 100- and 200-meter backstroke events and the 4x100-meter medley and 4x200-meter freestyle relays. She added a bronze medal as a member of the 4x100-meter freestyle relay, and she became the first American woman to swim seven events at the Olympic Games.
Franklin is up against Allison Schmitt, Rebecca Soni and Dana Vollmer for the top honor. Schmitt, Soni and Vollmer each are gifted swimmers, to be sure, and each had exemplary performances in London. Like Franklin, Schmitt also came home from London with five medals -- three gold, a silver and a bronze. Soni and Vollmer each won three medals, and each woman came home with an individual world record in her respective event.
The 2012 Golden Goggles Award Ceremony, sponsored by USA Swimming, will be held on Nov. 19 in New York City.
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Sandra Johnson was a competitive swimmer for more than 15 years before she began coaching. She is a longtime Olympic fan, and while working for the United States Olympic Committee in Colorado Springs, Colo., she had the opportunity to immerse herself in the Olympic Movement. Follow her on Twitter: @SandraJohnson46
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