Jennifer Capriati is not a name that gets mentioned often nowadays and not really at all when talking Olympic swimming in advance of London.
And yet her story feels vitally necessary as we gear up for what will surely be an onslaught of words spent on 17-year-old American swimming phenomenon Missy Franklin -- how good she is, how young she is, how many gold medals she might win, how amazing all of this is.
And it is amazing -- the simple act of being that good at anything at that age. It also is fraught with an array of what can go wrong when money and pressure mingle with typical teenage hormones and sheer lack of experience.
Capriati was the face of this phenomenon once. It was not so much that it beat her as it skinned her knees a bit, a cautionary tale of what can happen when adults decide an ability to do athletic things well trumps a normal childhood.
It is hard to totally blame the Capriatis, even after reading the devastating Inside Tennis profile on what, charitably, is...