Dying To Ask

Olympic Gold Medalist Missy Franklin On Knowing When To Walk Away

June 22, 2021

"Absolutely not."

Five-time Olympic gold medalist Missy Franklin can't make it any clearer that she has zero intention of coming out of retirement for another shot at Olympic glory.

Franklin was only 17 when she became an Olympic darling at the 2012 London Summer Olympics. She won four golds and a bronze in swimming.

But, back spasms became challenging just two years later at the Pana Pacific Championship.

She went on to make the 2016 Rio Olympic team and won gold in the 4 x 200-meter relay.

Franklin retired in 2018.

At 26, she's newly married and expecting her first child this summer. She's embraced her role as a mentor to Team USA's younger swimmers and is passionate about spreading awareness about water safety to prevent accidental drownings in backyard pools.

On this Dying to Ask:

  • How athletes know that a sport's mental toll is as great as the physical toll
  • The advice Missy is giving to Olympic hopefuls during the pandemic
  • And what it's like to be in your Chapter 2 at the ripe age of 26



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