Abbey was so very excited at the prospect of meeting someone who had swam in the Olympics and gotten a gold medal. Her swim team, Marlins of Raleigh, gave all of their swimmers an opportunity to meet Missy Franklin. Missy had participated in the 2012 Olympics and won 4 gold medals. She gave a great motivational speech and then got in the pool with select swimmers. (Abbey was very disappointed that she wasn't one of the ones in the pool with Missy. To be eligible, one had to raise at least $300 during the swim a thon. I just can't bring myself to ask folks for money for swimming. So I really didn't encourage Abbey to participate) But, anyway, Abbey got to meet her briefly after her swim and talk. She was extremely vivacious and personable. She made every one of the 300 swimmers, that waited in line for an autograph and picture, feel important. I was greatly impressed with her.