Missy Franklin Reflects On Olympic Success, Justin Bieber Tribute
First Published: August 6, 2012 6:59 PM EDT Credit: Getty Images
LONDON, UK -- Missy Franklin is a big star not only in the pool, but in the U.S. Olympic swim team’s parody “Call Me Maybe” music video.
Her Olympics are over, having ended with five medals – four gold and one bronze — and the teen reflected on the achievement with Access Hollywood’s Billy Bush.
“Four gold, is that enough? Five medals. [Are you] OK with the haul?” Billy asked, while interviewing the teen swimming sensation in London.
“I am perfectly happy with that. I could have never dreamed of something like this,” she said.
“You love to perform, whether it’s in the pool [or in the] ‘Call Me Maybe’ [spoof video],” Billy said.
“Oh, thank you. We had a lot of great performers in that video,” Missy said.
“But you were really into it,” Billy insisted.
“Oh yeah, you have to be into it. It’s ‘Call Me Maybe.’ How can you not be into it?” she laughed.
This fall, “Dancing with the Stars” ushers in its All-Star edition, but when they’re looking for new contenders again, Missy wants to sign up.
“I do want to do it. I would love to go on ‘Dancing with the Stars’ but, we’ll see how it works out with school and if I go pro and all those crazy things you have to worry about, but hopefully someday I would love to be on that show,” she said.
For now, like most 17 year olds, Missy has to get ready for her senior year in high school — just two days after she returns home to the U.S., she has to register for classes.
But she’ll be going back to school with the joy of winning medals, and getting a shout out from one of her favorite pop stars – Justin Bieber, who made a video for the 17-year-old swimming phenom.
“It was so awesome and his little brother is so cute,” Missy said of the congratulatory video The Biebs made for her.
“What meant more — the medals or the Bieber shout out?” Billy asked.
“It was pretty close call. Definitely a close call,” she said. “Having that kind of recognition from someone that you look up to? It’s really special.”
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