Missy Franklin is a Canadian-American competition swimmer and five-time Olympic gold medalist. She began swimming competitively at age 5, and quickly made a splash on the international scene at the age of 14. Three years later, Missy competed in her first Olympics in London in 2012, and won four gold medals: one for the 100-meter backstroke, one for the 200-meter backstroke, and two more as part of the 4-by-200-meter relay and 4-by-100-meter relay teams.
Missy’s successes have earned her Swimming World’s World Swimmer of the Year and the American Swimmer of the Year award in 2012 as well as the FINA Swimmer of the Year Award in 2011 and 2012. In total, she has won twenty-seven medals in international competition: sixteen gold, six silver, and five bronze, spanning the Olympics, the World Championships, the short course World Championships, and the Pan Pacific Championships. Missy’s eleven gold medals at the World Aquatics Championships is a record in women’s swimming.