Missy Franklin tweets new Olympic tattoo

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Swimmer Missy Franklin says that her new tattoo of the Olympic rings, a Team USA tradition, will be the only ink she ever gets.

In addition to the five Olympic medals she took home in London, swimming phenom Missy Franklin has added one other permanent reminder of her breakout performance.

Following Team USA tradition after a successful Olympics, Franklin has gotten a tattoo of the Olympic rings. She tweeted a photo of  her new tat on her right hip on Thursday. “All inked up. AHH!’’ she wrote. “Can’t believe it! My one and only!”


During the Olympics, Franklin told TODAY.com that she had planned on getting the traditional Olympic tattoo found on numerous U.S. athletes, and that it would be her first and last tattoo.

"Getting a tattoo has never been something ever thought I would do, but this one just has so much meaning to it and it is really something that you have to earn,'' Franklin told TODAY.com. "Not a lot of people have the opportunity to get it, so I just feel like it’s an honor to get it.'' 

The swimmer's father, Dick Franklin, had already approved of the tattoo before it officially was inked on to her hip.

"This will be the only one, and she's earned it,'' he told TODAY.com while in London.

Dick also joked that he might get his own tattoo.

"Yeah, 'Missy's Dad,''' he said while pointing to his bicep.

Franklin told TODAY.com that she had initially planned to get inked while she was still in London, a day before her father's Aug. 10 birthday. While her busy schedule didn't allow that, she eventually was able to find time after attending the Olympic Closing Ceremony on Sunday and making an appearance on "The Tonight Show" that aired Wednesday night.

Franklin flew back to her home in Centennial, Colo., on Monday before jetting off for the "Tonight" spot, and on Thursday she began her senior year at Regis Jesuit High School -- with a permanent souvenir of what she did on her summer vacation.

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I fell in love this girl during the Olympics! What a dear, sweet, talented young lady. We can expect to hear good things about her as she goes through her life!

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Reply#2 - Sat Aug 18, 2012 12:16 AM EDT

Smart girl. One tat is plenty.

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Reply#3 - Sat Aug 18, 2012 1:14 AM EDT

great kid and a phenomenol athlete...She deserves the one tat....and if i was her Dad, i'd definitely get the "Missy's Dad" tat.....looking forward to seeing her in 4 years!!

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Reply#4 - Sat Aug 18, 2012 1:29 PM EDT

The Olympic Committee will likely sue her.

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Reply#5 - Sun Aug 19, 2012 4:29 AM EDT

I don't like tattoos - but this is a truly great one and on the right person. What a Girl!!!

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Reply#6 - Sun Aug 19, 2012 9:56 AM EDT
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A tramp stamp is a tramp stamp; no matter who wears it.

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Reply#7 - Sun Aug 19, 2012 3:44 PM EDT

Wrong location tool. Try harder next time.

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#7.1 - Mon Aug 20, 2012 2:28 PM EDT

Great,congrats.Do yourself a favor and don't get ANY more tats.A fad that is permanent-you don't want that honey

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Reply#8 - Sun Aug 19, 2012 8:37 PM EDT

You never needed or deserved tattoos. Your accomplishments spoke for themselves!

    Reply#9 - Sun Aug 19, 2012 9:17 PM EDT

    Women's bodies are beautiful, they don't need tattoos.

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    Reply#10 - Mon Aug 20, 2012 8:56 AM EDT

    Great Job. You really do deserve this tattoo. I would not get anymore, but you have to do what you want; not what people want for you.

      Reply#11 - Mon Aug 20, 2012 8:58 AM EDT

      She just diminished herself.

        Reply#12 - Mon Aug 20, 2012 11:16 AM EDT

        it's still better than a butterfly/flower on her lower back.

          Reply#13 - Mon Aug 20, 2012 2:37 PM EDT

          How about an official Olympic flag for the room, a Official Olympic back pack, t-shirts, other garb, but not a tattoo.

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