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Swimming the second leg, Franklin had a split of 52.99, the second-best among all participants.

Shortly after the 50-meter backstroke final, Franklin competed in the 4×200-meter freestyle relay with Dagny Knutson, Katie Hoff and Allison Schmitt and won gold ahead of Australia and China in a time of .14.

In the 4×100-meter medley relay, Franklin combined with Natalie Coughlin, Rebecca Soni, and Dana Vollmer to break the previous American-owned world record in a time of .56, bettering the previous record of .97.

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Franklin's mother suggested that her daughter consider competing for Canada to ease the pressure of qualifying for the U. National Team due to the competitive depth of American swimmers.

Franklin, however, chose to represent the United States, citing her patriotism for her homeland.

In her Olympic debut at the 2012 Summer Olympics at age 17, Franklin won a total of five medals, four of which were gold.

She swept the women's backstroke events, winning gold in both the 100-meter and 200-meter backstroke.

At the age of twelve, Franklin began competing against girls that were much older than she was. Her best result was 37th place in the 100-meter freestyle.