5-time Olympic champion Missy Franklin hangs up her goggles
The American swimmer announced her retirement at the age of 23.
American swimmer Missy Franklin, a five-time Olympic gold medalist and a world record in the 200-meter backstroke, announced her retirement on Wednesday at the age of 23.
Franklin was one of the stars at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, where as a 17-year-old she won the 100 and 200 meters backstroke events. She was also part of two victorious US relay teams.
This was perhaps the hardest letter I’ve ever had to write. There are so many words to say and I thank you all for letting me share them with you, and for your continued support. Today, I announce my retirement from competitive swimming. https://t.co/P3wLMnOWck— Missy Franklin (@missyfranklin) 19 December 2018
In a letter to Espn, she announced her retirement, citing chronic shoulder pain that she’s been battling for more than two year.
“It took me a long time to say the words, 'I am retiring,” the swimmer wrote. 'A long, long time. But now I'm ready. I'm ready to not be in pain every day. I'm ready to become a wife, one day a mother. I'm ready to continue growing each and every day to be the best person and role model I can be. I'm ready for the rest of my life.'
“This is by no means the end. Rather, I choose to look at this as a new beginning. Swimming has been, and always will be, a big part of my life and I absolutely plan to stay involved in what I feel is the best sport in the world, just in a different way.”
Franklin never managed to improve her personal best times from London; however, she made it to the USA team for the 2016 Olympics in Rio, where she received a gold medal for swimming in the preliminary heat of the 4X200 meter freestyle relay.