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Gold Medalist Missy Franklin

NBC Hooked Parents Up

With HOT SEATS

7/31/2012 9:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0731_missy_franklin_olympics_gettyThe parents of newly-minted gold medalist Missy Franklin had such bad seats last night, they nearly had to watch her record-breaking swim through binoculars -- but TMZ has learned, NBC upgraded them BIG TIME ... at the very last minute.

A rep for the US Swimming Team tells TMZ, Missy's parents had purchased tickets to watch their daughter dominate the 100m backstroke -- but they were all the way in the nosebleed section.

We're told NBC producers noticed -- and not wanting to miss their emotional reactions on TV, they hooked Missy's parentals up with some sweet seats right near the front.

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NBC wasn't disappointed either -- 17-year-old Missy eked out a victory over Australian favorite Emily Seebohm for the gold medal ... and her parents went NUTS!

Go USA.

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Allen Ridak    

Reminds me of the time I was in court for lewd and lascivious acts with a barn animal. Anyway - my folks were right up in the front row as well. Gotta love the 'rents!

724 days ago
2.

Allen Ridak    

Anyone else notice the huge j-zz stain on her moms' shirt? I spot those from miles away.

723 days ago
3.

Cirrus Unicus    

Go Canada by proxy! (Her parents are Canadian)

723 days ago
4.

EMP BITE ME    

Is she legal in the Olympic village?Cause everyone there is having sex, maybe the laws are different in UK.

723 days ago
5.

DaveT    

I like the Olympics, always like fast pace excitement of swimming.
And women's swimming is all the sweeter, 'cause they're women, watching women's sports is always double the fun.

723 days ago
6.

Ritz    

Double Canadian parents all the way!!!

723 days ago
7.

Bridget    

Go Missy! Making colorado and the rest of the US proud!

723 days ago
8.

diamondsaredumb    

This is beautiful, I don't watch the olympics but team USA makes me feel proud.

723 days ago
9.

Pudding Tang    

Some good news for the Denver area! ...... We'll see if Phelps can surpass Larisa Latynina in all time medal count.

723 days ago
10.

LIVERPOOL    

GO CANADA GO!!!! YOUR WELCOME USA

723 days ago
11.

Thomas Jefferson    

The truth is when these olympics are over Missy Franklin and other big winners are going to turn into the biggest media whores on the planet . It happens every 4 years.

723 days ago
12.

sidithers    

NBC still sucks

723 days ago
13.

Justin    

I saw the US swim teams "Call me maybe" video on youtube and she was the one that caught my eye. I knew she'd win.

723 days ago
14.

Hawaiian cutie    

I have been watching the Olympics and think it is outrageous with the amount of empty/vacant seats. London should hold seats for 30 minutes followed by offering the seats to anyone wanting in. Late arrivals with reseved seating can sit in any empty seat.

723 days ago
15.

writenow    

Noticed her father hugged her mother dead last. Not cool.

723 days ago
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