Olympic Swim­mer Missy Franklin re­tires, cit­ing chronic pain

The Myanmar Times - Weekend - - Sport -

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.

– AP

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