‘Touch the Wall’ documents Missy Franklin’s Olympic journey

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DENVER -- Colorado’s favorite swimmer Missy Franklin made a splash Saturday with the world debut of “Touch the Wall,” a documentary that follows Missy and fellow Olympian Kara Lynn Joyce.

Saturday’s premiere at the Buell Theater was sold out.

It was London 2012 when Centennial’s swimming sensation nabbed four gold medals; the pinnacle of a swimming career that put Colorado on the map.

"It doesn't matter where you're from, it doesn't matter where you are now, you can accomplish anything you want to if you set your heart and mind to it," Franklin said.

And she did it, all while capturing the friendship and competitive spirit of a fellow swimmer. The pair trained and triumphed together.

"It's an honor for Missy to call me her big sister," Joyce said.

Each moment was captured in the documentary “Touch the Wall” as they prepared for the world stage.

"This is a Colorado story," Grant Barbeito, the film's director and cinematographer, said. "It has Colorado values as to why Missy stayed here and trained here."

"I think a lot of her success has to do with her growing up here, having friends here, (and) the altitude,” said Christo Brock; a director/writer/producer on the film.

The two competitors are now immortalized on the silver screen after dazzling in their red carpet debut in Denver.

"It's even more than a dream come true, because I don't think I would have ever dreamt of this for myself," Franklin said.

Joyce added, "This is more than we could have ever imagined. It's truly amazing."

Scheduled screenings of "Touch the Wall."

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