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Almost famous - Feature Stories
December 2012 Issue
“Are you Allison Schmitt?” This is a question the UGA senior hears often because she gets recognized pretty much everywhere she goes—in class, while walking to the bus stop and even at the bowling alley. She was planning on settling back into campus life with a little less fanfare, but that’s not exactly working out. It’s understandable, though, because less than a month before UGA’s fall semester began Schmitt won five medals—three golds, one silver and a bronze—at the London Olympics. Add those to the bronze medal she earned at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, and she’s the most decorated Olympic Bulldog ever. Lots of people watched as she made her mark in freestyle swimming. More than 219.4 million Americans tuned in to the Olympics, according to Nielsen television ratings, making the summer games the most-watched event ever in U.S. TV history. All that makes it difficult for Schmitt to fly under the radar. “It’s something I never thought would happen,” she …
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