Swimming: Then I saw her race...now she's a Belieber

Wed Aug 1, 2012 8:25am EDT
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By Alan Baldwin

LONDON (Reuters) - Justin Bieber only had to see her race and now he's a believer in American Olympic swimmer Missy Franklin.

The 17-year-old, in turn, only had to see his 'shout-out' on Twitter for the legs that powered her to backstroke gold to go all wobbly.

"heard @FranklinMissy is a fan of mine. now im a fan of hers too. CONGRATS on winning GOLD!#muchlove"," the 18-year-old Canadian singer told his 'Beliebers' on the social network Twitter.

Bieber is the world's most followed man, with more than 25 million Twitter followers.

Franklin, who won in the pool on Monday, was asked on Wednesday whether being mentioned by the teen singer was better than winning the medal.

Having said on Monday how her first Olympic title felt "one hundred billion" times better than she had expected, the teenager might have been expected to reply with 'are you kidding?'

Instead, she played dizzily along with the idea with a peal of laughter.

"You know, it's pretty close. I wouldn't say its better but I could not believe it when I saw. I was running around like a chicken with the head cut off, I was so excited," she said.   Continued...

Missy Franklin of the U.S. smiles after winning the women's 100m backstroke final at the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Aquatics Centre July 30, 2012. REUTERS/Jorge Silva