Olympic Swimmer Missy Franklin Turns Pro
Missy Franklin has bid farewell to college swimming and is turning pro.
The four-time Olympic gold medalist went out with a bang, winning three individual events and helping her California team win the NCAA championship last weekend.
Now, Franklin can start competing for money and endorsement deals, and she's signed with a sports agent connected to Hollywood.
Franklin told The Associated Press in a phone interview that she's chosen Mark Ervin of WME-IMG to represent her. She will be the first swimmer in his client stable that includes Olympic champion skier Lindsey Vonn.
Franklin says her move from amateur to professional swimmer is a transition that will allow her to reach more people and create a platform in which she can inspire and connect with others, especially kids.
Franklin says there's a lot she wants to accomplish as a pro, although she doesn't yet know what all of it is.
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