Five-time Olympic gold medal-winner Missy Franklin has been named the youngest-ever athlete to be inducted into the Laureus World Sports Academy. Franklin, 23, won four gold medals and a bronze at the 2012 London Olympics, as well as another gold medal in the 4×200-metre freestyle relay at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
She was one of three retired athletes to be named as the Academy’s newest members at the 2019 Laureus World Sports Awards held in Monaco last week. She’ll join ex-golfer Lorena Ochoa and Luciana Aymar, a retired field hockey player from Argentina.
Franklin retired from swimming in December, citing injuries, as well as the mental and physical strain of a swimming career, as her reasons.
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