Missy Franklin‘s career has been marred by adversity these last several years. In 2014, it was back spasms that kept her from performing to her full potential, and she continued to struggle in the years that followed. The once-bubbly teenager, who took the world by storm and set the world record in the 200 back in 2012, was not the same.
Franklin faced ultimate disappointment this past summer, looking sluggish at the Olympic Trials. She was only able to qualify for Rio individually in two events, the 200 free and 200 back, and also qualified to swim the 800 free relay. Franklin watched on in the 800 free relay finals after a lackluster prelims swim that left her off the 800 free final at night. The Americans would go on to win gold in that race, while Franklin stumbled and was unable to make the Olympic finals of either of her individual events.
Franklin hasn’t raced since Rio, and she’s been quiet since opening up about her disappointment from last summer. Still, she is back in the pool. According to a tweet posted by her today, she underwent surgery earlier this year on both her shoulders for bursitis after a January MRI. This surgery removed excess scar tissue that had built up in her shoulder, and now, according to “Doctor and Coach’s orders,” she’s taking it easy.
Franklin mentions that she is still back in the pool “in limited training” but won’t be racing quite so soon. She’s determined to bounce back, although her return to competition is unknown yet. View her tweet, with the full announcement, below.
I love you all so so much and can't thank you enough for being a part of this journey with me? pic.twitter.com/PmZ9IbpYIF
— Missy Franklin (@missyfranklin) March 29, 2017
Franklin also made a longer caption on her Facebook page with the same announcement. She thanks her fans for supporting her, and gives a special shoutout to her “Bear Bros and phenomenal coaches,” referring to her training group at the Cal. Additionally, she alludes to more swimming statements to be made in the future: “I’m so far from being done with this sport.”