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Missy Franklin falters as newcomers dominate U.S. Olympic swimming trials

Missy Franklin falters as newcomers dominate U.S. Olympic swimming trials

Missy Franklin seems to be everywhere at the U.S. Olympic swimming trials.

The video boards at CenturyLink Center play clips of the four-time Olympic gold medalist reading a heartfelt letter to her parents and promoting swim lessons. Children wear blue T-shirts with Franklin’s name on the back. Her picture, complete with the ever-present grin that helped make her the darling of the London Olympics, adorns arena doors.

The gregarious 21-year-old entered the meet as one of the main attractions, but Tuesday she became one more example of the rapidly changing face of U.S. swimming.

Franklin faded to a surprising...

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