Missy Franklin, the 2012 World Swimmer of the Year, has announced her retirement. At 23, she cited intense pain from shoulder injuries as the main reason which has kept her off track for her nearly three years. Franklin was 17-year-old when she claimed the 100 and 200 metres backstroke events at the 2012 London Olympics, the latter in a world-record time that still stands more than six years later. Franklin also made the final in two other individual events in London, and was part of two victorious U.S. relay teams.
Highlighting more on her achievements, Franklin clinched upto six golds at the 2013 Barcelona World Championships but never improved her personal best times from London.
Frankling shared the news on Twitter saying, “This was perhaps the hardest letter I’ve ever had to write … Today, I announce my retirement from competitive swimming.
She explained her reasons for retiring as follows: “I’ve been in too much pain, for too long, to go through another surgery with a longer recovery time and no guarantee it would even help. It took me a long time to say the words, ‘I am retiring.’ A long, long time. But now I’m ready.”
Franklin struggled to repeat her teenage performances after first experiencing bad shoulder pain in early 2016. She still made the U.S. team for the Rio Olympics. However, where she picked up another relay gold after swimming in the heats, before having surgery on both shoulders last year.
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