Missy Franklin, who was awarded as the best swimmer in the world in 2012, announced on Wednesday her retirement at the age of 23, forced by the intense pain caused by her shoulder injuries, which has led her to suffer complications for almost three years.
Franklin was 17 when he won the 100 and 200 meters back at the London 2012 Olympics, the last of which set a world record that still stands more than six years later.
She also made the final in two other individual events in London and was part of two victorious U.S. relay teams.
Franklin won six gold medals at the World Championships in Barcelona 2013, but never lowered her personal best times from London. Shee also had trouble re-editing her teenage records after starting to suffer shoulder pains in early 2016.
Nevertheless, she managed to qualify for the Rio de Janeiro Games, where she hung another gold medal in the relays after swimming in the qualifiers before undergoing surgery on both shoulders last year.
“This is perhaps the most difficult letter I have ever had to write… Today I announce my withdrawal from competitive swimming,” Franklin wrote on Twitter.
In addition, she explained his reasons for withdrawing in an article published on ESPN.com.
“I have suffered too much pain for too long to undergo another operation with a longer recovery period and no guarantee that it will help me,” she wrote. “It took me a long time to say the words ‘I’m retiring. A very long time. But now I’m ready.