Missy Franklin

About Missy

Missy Franklin is a U.S. swimming legend and a six-time Olympic medalist. She began swimming at age 2 and competed in her first international event at 14. Franklin became a household name as a 17-year-old at the Olympic Games London 2012 when she won five medals (four gold, one bronze) and broke the world record in the 200-meter backstroke. In her two years of college competition at UC Berkeley before turning pro, Franklin won four individual NCAA titles and helped the school win the 2015 NCAA Women’s Division I Swimming and Diving Team Championship. She also was named the 2015 Collegiate Woman of the Year and won the Honda Cup as the top female athlete across all collegiate sports. Franklin made her second U.S. Olympic Team in Rio 2016, where she earned her fifth career gold medal as part of the 4x200m free relay team. She retired from competitive swimming in December 2018 due to chronic shoulder issues. Today, the 24-year-old is working to complete her bachelor’s degree at the University of Georgia while continuing to champion her sport through speaking engagements and her work with various foundations.

Career Highlights

2011

Won first 3 world championships medals (finished career with 18 overall)

2011

2012

Won 5 medals (4 gold, 1 bronze) at the Olympic Games London 2012

2012

2014-2015

Won 4 NCAA individual titles and one national team championship at UC Berkley

2014-2015

2016

Won gold medal in 4x200 freestyle relay at the Olympic Games Rio 2016

2016

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