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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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Oh A 💛💋    

U.S.A.

777 days ago
17.

Jean    

they seem like good people (I guess thanks goes to Canada?didn't know that). No pushing and shoving and complaining about getting bad seats, just cheering for their kid from wherever they were. Its no wonder they raised a good kid. She doesn't stop smiling, does she--I feel like she would have had a big grin even if she didn't win. Seems very excited and proud to be there.

777 days ago
18.

Her Imperial and Royal Majesty    

Uh, TMZ, did you ever think of actually putting the first names of her parents in the article?

777 days ago
19.

Cujeaux    

I take it there were no cheating Chinese in the race.

777 days ago
20.

fanboymagazine    

They paid the bills and made the sacrifices. Give the folks an upgrade, for chrissake. Good!

777 days ago
21.

Truth    

SHE HAS DUEL CITIZENSHIP BUT CHOSE TO SWIM FOR USA. WHY? CUZ SHE GETS MORE PAPER, PR, AND ENDORSEMENT DEALS. IT'S ALL ABOUT THE MOOLA IN THE END. #TRUTH!!

777 days ago
22.

parlayer    

Right where they should have been, something good from NBC, although it waesnt the news division.

777 days ago
23.

AK    

She swam for the US, but she's Canadian.

777 days ago
24.

Duany Duany    

Can TMZ write one friggin' article without relying on the sad, tired, completely worn out expression 'hook up' ????

777 days ago
25.

Julie    

It's a shame that NBC has to "hook up" the parents with good seats. (Was it altruism or the desire for good television?) Given the fact that athletes are the show, I think that they should be given two tickets per event that they are competing in to give to friends and family.

777 days ago
26.

Steve    

Ya to bad she is Canadian.

777 days ago
27.

RGP    

Yeah these Canadian girls can swim

777 days ago
28.

Me    

Don't pat NBC on the back too much....they only moved the parents from the 3rd level down to the 2nd level (approx 30 rows). They were STILL high up and would benefit from binoculars to see their daughters race.

777 days ago
29.

ClassyBitch    

she can swim like a fish, i wonder if she smells like one down there

777 days ago
30.

big'un    

Congrats, now let's see your hot seat.

777 days ago
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