The swimmer Missy Franklin leaves the competition at 23 years old. The shoulder injuries that dragged for three years have ended with the career of who astonished the public when he was 17 years old hung four golds and a bronze at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Franklin won the individual Olympic 100 back and 200 back events. The time he did in the latter, in fact, remains a world record, six years later. Those 2m 4,76s, they left two seconds ahead of the second classified. At the London event, Franklin won gold with the American team in two other relay events, as well as a bronze.
In the Barcelona World Cup in 2013, he won six golds, but he never repeated his best brands in London. He participated in the US Olympic team at the Rio 2016 Games, but was unable to repeat his times, after beginning to feel discomfort in the man earlier that year. "I do not want to be the relay of Michael Phelps, I want to be Missy," he commented out of the water when asked about his triumphs.
"I have felt too much pain, for too long, to go through another operation with an even longer recovery time and with which I would not even have guarantees that it would work," the Californian has written in an interview. farewell letter on ESPN.com., in which he explains his struggle with pain.