Olympic Swimmer Missy Franklin retires, citing chronic pain
Five-time Olympic champion Missy Franklin is retiring from swimming at age 23, citing chronic shoulder pain that has affected her for the last 2½ years.
She announced her plans Wednesday in a letter posted on ESPN.COM .
Franklin’s spokeswoman says the swimmer is with her family in Colorado for the holidays and isn’t commenting further for now.
Franklin’s success and bubbly personality made her a darling of the 2012 London Olympics.
At age 17, she became the first woman to win four gold medals in a single Olympics in any sport.
“It took me a long time to say the words, ‘I am retiring,’” Franklin 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.” Franklin is engaged to Hayes Johnson, a former Texas swimmer.