Swimmer Missy Franklin will leave London with four gold medals, a bronze — and a hip tattoo of the Olympic rings, if all goes according to plan.
The tat is a Team USA Swimming tradition. Michael Phelps, Brendan Hansen and Matt Grevers already have it, and the 17-year-old confirmed to TODAY.com she hopes to get the celebratory ink before she leaves London.
"Getting a tattoo has never been something I 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,” Missy said. “It’s an honor to have it."
Missy Franklin wants to get the same tattoo that Matt Grevers, left, has on her hip.
Missy says she's actively looking for a tattoo shop that fits her needs.
"There are a few other girls that might be coming as well. We’re so excited,” Franklin said, adding that the crew will get the work done on Aug. 10, one day before her father's birthday. “Happy birthday, dad,” Missy shouted at her father, Dick Franklin, who was sitting nearby while the family was on set for Missy’s interview with Savannah Guthrie.
Unlike many parents of teenagers, Missy's mom and dad agree with their daughter’s decision. “It’s the only tattoo she’ll get — and she’s earned it,” Dick said in an interview with TODAY.com last week.
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When asked if he’d consider getting a tattoo alongside his daughter, Dick smiled, pointed to his bicep and joked, “Yeah, ‘Missy’s dad.’”
Ian Sager is covering the Games in London for TODAY.com. He's happy there's no Olympic press center tattoo.