Missy Franklin — the Olympic prodigy who won 4 gold medals as a 17-year-old in the London Games — has announced she’s putting an end to her swimming career at just 23 years old.
The first American woman ever to earn 4 golds in one Olympics in any sport announced in a statement on ESPN on Wednesday that shoulder injuries are putting an end to her career.
“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 was an absolute monster in the 2012 Olympics … smashing world records and boat racing the competition.
But, Missy is perhaps MOST famous for turning down all the cash that coulda come from her success in those Games … ’cause she opted to not go pro and instead swim at Cal Berkeley.
Franklin disappointed years later in the 2016 Olympics in Rio … failing to earn medals in her individual’s events — and later revealing she battled injuries, depression, insomnia and anxiety during those Games.
“This is by no means the end,” Franklin wrote of her retirement.
“Rather, I choose to look at this as a new beginning. Swimming has been, and always will be, a big part of my life and I absolutely plan to stay involved in what I feel is the best sport in the world, just in a different way.”