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The Glamour magazine Women of the Year ceremony is on Monday in New York, followed by USA Swimming's Golden Goggle Awards the week after.
"At the end of the day, we've got to make sure we still get the work done in the pool," said Todd Schmitz, who has coached Franklin since she was 7. "She doesn't mind signing autographs and all those things, but at some point you've got to make sure you're taking care of yourself."
Right after Thanksgiving are the national championships in Austin, Texas. Looming next summer are the world championships in Spain.
"What do five medals from the Olympics get you? It doesn't get you anything," Schmitz said. "The next season has started."
That's just fine with Franklin.
"I took five weeks off this summer and it was awful. I hate taking breaks from swimming," Franklin said. "I can take two weeks off, maybe, and feel good, but after that I'm like aching to get back in the water. So that was hard. But I know my body needed it. Mentally, it was just nice. I started school two days after I came home from London. So I was right back into it."
Ask her how many Olympic medals she can win or how many world records she can break, and Franklin will just let out one of her gregariously big laughs. The 2016 Games are not on her mind.
"I'm just so happy with my summer. I'm still enjoying that moment," she said.
Sure, the legend of Michael Phelps is calling. But she doesn't have to listen for now.
"Honestly anything can happen. You can't predict the future, so whatever God has in store for me I'll just go along with it," Franklin said.
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