5-Time Olympic Champion Missy Franklin Weds Hayes Johnson in Denver

Five-time Olympic gold medalist and 11-time world champion Missy Franklin married former Texas swimmer Hayes Johnson in Denver, Colorado Saturday.

The duo got engaged in September 2018 and have been extensively documenting their wedding planning on social media since. Franklin started putting up popular “Wedding Wednesday” posts on Instagram, revealing details of the event every week in the lead-up.

Photos of the event are starting to trickle in, mostly from the photographers on hand. One post suggested People Magazine has exclusive access to the rest of the photos.

Olympians Hali Flickinger and Cierra Runge, as well as Cal’s Kristen Vredeveld were among Franklin’s bridesmaids. Elizabeth Beisel, as well as Josh Prenot and his wife Tiffany, were also in attendance (and likely lots more swimmers who have yet to post on social media).

Franklin, 24, became the darling of the swim world in London in 2012, when she won the 100 back and 200 back, and as part of the 800 free and 400 medley relays. She won bronze with the women’s 400 free relay and narrowly missed the podium in the 200 free (she was fourth) and 100 free (she was fifth).

Franklin swam two years for the University of California, Berkeley before turning pro in 2015.

She made the 2016 U.S. Olympic team but didn’t medal individually; Franklin took gold as a prelims swimmer on the 4×200 free relay. She had double shoulder surgery in early 2017 and later that year started training with the men’s professional group at Cal. She would later move to Georgia to start a comeback run with that pro group, but missed USA Swimming’s National Team and travel teams in the summer of 2018.

She announced her retirement with a long-form letter on ESPNW in December of last year that detailed her post-2012 battles with “shoulder pain whenever [she] tried to train or compete, depression, anxiety and insomnia.” It also included that she “began to realize that [her] greatest dream in life, more so than Olympic gold, has always been becoming a mom.”

Johnson, who swam for Nashville Aquatic Club before the Longhorns, is currently president of Swimmingly, an app aimed at streamlining the organization of swim meets. In his swimming days he qualified for both the World Youth Championship and National Junior Team. He competed at the 2008 and 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials and was a finalist at the 2009 World Championship Trials. He also won an NCAA title with Texas before he graduated in 2012.

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Jay Ryan

Good for them. They look very happy. “Hook’em…Bears?”


“Roll on you horns?”


A bear with long horns or a Longhorn with bear teeth and claws would be a pretty amazing chimera, right out of mythology. Hornbear or Bearhorn?


Missy looks wonderful – so happy! God bless her and her husband, Hayes.


The only thing that could have made their day more special is if Shane Tusup showed up in his yoga pants

Steve Nolan

Not if they had any stanchions up.


Sun Yang photobombing while holding a hammer in these photos would be hilarious

Becky D



Agreed. Then he hulk smashes the cake, calls everyone a loser and throws a bouquet filled with blood vials.

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