AURORA CHEERS

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United States' Missy Franklin swims during her women's 100-meter backstroke final at the Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Monday, July 30, 2012. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa De Olza)
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United States' Missy Franklin swims during her women's 100-meter backstroke final at the Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Monday, July 30, 2012. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa De Olza)

A Colorado town shaken by a mass shooting in a movie theater has something to celebrate — a gold medal won by local swimming star, Missy Franklin.

Franklin, 17, attends Aurora's Regis Jesuit High School and lives in the nearby Denver suburb of Centennial. Following the July 20 shootings, she dedicated her Olympic races to her home state.

"It's such a terrible thing, and I'm so shaken by it," Franklin said last week. "They're in my thoughts this entire process."

Franklin won a gold medal in the 100-meter backstroke Monday after having opened her games with a relay bronze.

"For Missy to take time in the midst of her finest moment to think about her hometown and how she can help in its healing is an incredible statement about her character," Aurora Mayor Steve Hogan said Tuesday.

"It certainly means a lot to Aurora to know that Missy cares, and we are proud of her achievements."

— P. Solomon Banda — Twitter https://twitter.com/psbanda

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