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Missy Franklin dives off the block for the last time

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Missy Franklin swimming her favorite: the backstroke.

Missy Franklin swimming her favorite: the backstroke.

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Missy Franklin swimming her favorite: the backstroke.

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Missy Franklin plans to retire from competitive swimming at age 23 due to chronic shoulder pain. The swimmer won four gold medals at the 2012 London Olympics and won another gold at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Franklin started swimming when she was five years old, setting records in her age groups at the national level. In 2009, she was named to the U.S. National Youth Team. In the following year, she joined the U.S. National Team and went to the FINA (Fédération Internationale de Natation) short course National Championships, earning a silver in the 200-meter backstroke and then securing a silver in the 4×100-metre medley relay.

In the 2011 FINA National Championships, Franklin proved herself to be one of the top people to beat. At this competition, she got the third-fastest time in history in the 200 backstroke.  When Franklin swam at the 2011 Duel in the Pool short-course competition in Atlanta, she contributed to another world record in the women’s 4×100-meter medley relay.

During the 2012 London Olympics, Franklin took gold in both the 100- and 200-meter backstroke events and set the world-record time (2 min 4.06 sec). She helped set another world record (3 min 52.05 sec) in the 4×100-meter medley relay and secured a fourth gold in the 4×200-meter freestyle relay. She also earned a bronze medal in the 4×100-meter freestyle relay.

Franklin made history by becoming the first American woman to swim in seven events at a single Olympic Game. She also had a record-setting performance at the 2013 World Championships, where she became the first female swimmer to win six gold medals in the 100- and 200-meter backstroke, the 200-meter freestyle, the 4×100 and 4×200 meter freestyle relay, and the 4×100 meter medley relay.

While the swimmer was at the 2012 Rio Games, she started to feel her shoulder pain.  She then had surgeries performed on both of her shoulders a few months after the 2016 Games, but they failed to resolve her issues. Franklin decided in 2018 to retire from the competitive side of swimming, but will still be practicing on the side.

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