Missy Franklin welcomed home to Centennial
By Peter Jones
Centennial welcomed back the city’s own Missy Franklin and five other 2012 Colorado Olympians to Centennial Center Park on Aug. 18.
Gov. John Hickenlooper, Centennial Mayor Cathy Noon and other local dignitaries were on hand to celebrate the total of nine medals earned by the state’s athletes.
“Some feel that training at this altitude gives our Colorado Olympians a distinct advantage in London. We like to call it attitude with altitude,” said Hickenlooper.
The Mile High welcome in Centennial’s new park was a hastily planned affair that paid particular tribute to Franklin, one of the Olympics’ brightest new stars, having won four gold medals and one bronze and breaking several world records in the process.