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Missy Franklin appears on Leno hours before her first day of school (VIDEO)

While most high school seniors spend the last night before the first day of school getting ready for the upcoming year, Missy Franklin spent hers a little differently: She appeared on "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno."

Then again, Franklin, a four-time gold medalist in London and the breakout star of the Olympics, didn't have a typical summer either. Odds are her  "what did you do over the break?" essay is going to be slightly more interesting than her classmates.

Franklin discussed her hectic post-Olympic schedule, whether she'll watch her races on DVR and whether she's actually going to swim in college instead of turning professional. Also, Leno bucked the odds by not mentioning that "Call Me Maybe" video. That's a bigger upset than Michael Phelps finishing fourth in the 400 IM.

Franklin was Leno's second guest of the night, following Sylvester Stallone. He didn't stay out on set to greet her like most of Leno's guests, presumably because a 17-year-old girl towering over the star of an upcoming action movie wouldn't make for a good publicity shot. It's probably better off for Franklin. Just standing near Stallone brings the risk of testing positive for HGH by osmosis.

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