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Missy Franklin’s breakout moment

SHANGHAI — The entire American swim team gathered in the stands just behind the starting blocks Saturday night to cheer on the red, white and blue.

Ricky Berens, winner of gold in the men’s 800 free relay the night before, was among those sitting in the front row. With two laps to go in the women’s 200 backstroke, he leapt to his feet. With one lap to go, everyone else joined in. Everyone started yelling, “Go, Missy!”

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No doubt – Phelps wins 200 fly

SHANGHAI — To watch Michael Phelps swim the butterfly is to watch an artist. We just don’t typically think of sports that way. But it’s so.

His stroke is beautifully fluid. It’s also infused with deep family and personal meaning. The 200 fly is the race that was meant for his sister Whitney’s 1996 Olympic dreams; injury stopped her short. He took over and the rest is history.