My Pick: Missy Franklin
My pick for SI Sportswoman of the year is Missy Franklin. She won five medals in London -- 4 gold and 1 bronze. Amazingly, she won & broke the American Record in the 100 backstroke in London, just 16 minutes after swimming a 200 Free semifinal. She also won the 200 backstroke in London in world record time. What may have been most impressive, though, is that Missy is only 17 years old. She had never made the Olympic team previously, and with the media attention and hype that had been thrown in her direction in the lead-up to the Trials, there was almost no way she would be able to come through. Yet, that is exactly what she did. And she did it all with a wonderful, team-first attitude and a smile on her face.