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Olympian Missy Franklin heads back to school

August 16, 2012 Updated: July 3, 2013 at 9:33 am
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photo - United States' Missy Franklin poses with her gold medal for the women's 100-meter backstroke. (AP file) Photo by
United States' Missy Franklin poses with her gold medal for the women's 100-meter backstroke. (AP file) Photo by  

DENVER — Missy Franklin is headed back to school after winning four gold medals at the Olympics.

Franklin is beginning her senior year at Regis Jesuit High School in Aurora on Thursday, three days after arriving home from London.

The honor student managed to squeeze in an appearance on "The Tonight Show" Wednesday before returning to a somewhat normal teenage life.

Franklin is still leaning toward going to college rather than turning professional. She acknowledges the decision has become harder now that she's receiving more endorsement offers but she told Jay Leno that she loves being part of a team.

Accepting endorsement deals that could be worth millions would cost Franklin the chance of swimming at the collegiate level.

Franklin said her courses this year include advanced dance, forensic science and economics.

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