Five-time Olympic gold medalist Missy Franklin will make her broadcast debut at this weekend’s opening stop of the FINA Champions Swim Series in Guangzhou, China.
The 23-year-old will work as an analyst alongside Steve Schlanger of NBC.
The broadcast will begin at 8 am ET on Saturday and 7:30 am on Sunday and will be live on The Olympic Channel along with the NBC Sports app and NBCSports.com.
Franklin announced her retirement from the sport back in December after dealing with numerous health issues that dated back all the way to 2014. In addition to her five Olympic golds, she retired with eleven LC World titles, including a historic six at the 2013 Championships in Barcelona.
The competition this weekend brings an intriguing new format that will feature just four swimmers in each timed final event and prize money on the line. The winner of each race earns $10,000 USD, followed by $8,000 for second, $6,000 for third, and $5,000 for fourth.
The athletes competing received invites, with only the 2016 Olympic medalists, 2017 World medalists, world record holders, and the highest ranked swimmers in the world this year getting the call.
This will be the first of three stops, as the series will move to Budapest May 11-12 and then Indianapolis May 31- June 1.
The Americans scheduled to compete this weekend are Michael Andrew, Anthony Ervin, Dana Vollmer, Kelsi Dahlia, and Molly Hannis. For a full preview of the meet click here.