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If you were to build a swimmer from scratch, you’d start with a physique like Missy Franklin’s, according to two professors who study the biomechanics of swimming. Read the article or watch a video profile about Franklin.

What makes Missy Franklin's body perfectly suited for swimming.
Per-Ludvik Kjendlie, who studies the anthropometry of swimmers at the Norwegian School of Sports Science; Jan Prins, who studies the biomechanics of competitive swimmers at the University of Hawaii’s Aquatic Research Laboratory. Photo by Jonathan Newton / ­The Washington Post. Bonnie Berkowitz and Alberto Cuadra / The Washington Post. Published on March 21, 2012, 5:19 p.m.
 
 
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