Missy Franklin - Updated Feb 2024

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Missy Franklin

Melissa Jeanette Franklin, or Missy Franklin, for short, was a former swimmer who represented the USA in international competitions. Now Missy Franklin is the brand ambassador of the USA Swimming Foundation.

Early Life

Missy Franklin was born in Pasadena, California on May 10, 1995, but her family migrated to Centennial, Colorado. There she started taking swimming lessons when she was five years old to get comfortable around water. Her zodiac sign is Taurus. She is 28 years old and holds both American and Canadian citizenship.

She joined the Colorado Stars travel swim team when she was seven years of age and soon discovered her passion for swimming. At the age of thirteen, she competed at the 2008 US Olympic Team Trials but could not qualify for the Olympics. 

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Missy playing with Dolphin when she was young source: Daily Mail


For her education, she enrolled in Regis Jesuit High School in Aurora, Colorado. In 2012, she joined the University of California in Berkley under an athletic scholarship. She then started training with the California Golden Bears in the academic year 2013/14.

Career and Professional Life

After Missy Franklin found out about her passion for swimming she started to compete in national and international events at a very early age. She won her career’s first international medal in the 200-meter backstroke event at the 2010 FINA Short Course World Championships in Dubai. While in college, Missy became a four-time individual ‘NCAA’ champion.

Missy was also able to grab three individual ‘NCAA’ titles at the 2015 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championship. In 2011, she won five medals, three gold medals, one silver medal, and one bronze medal, at the World Aquatics Championships in Shanghai. There she broke her national record by attaining a time of 2:05:10 in the final of the 200-meter backstroke event.

Three days after her event in Shanghai, Franklin competed at the 2011 National Championships in California where she stood 4th in the 200-meter individual medley and 12th in the 50-meter freestyle event.

Moreover, she made her first world record in the 200-meter backstroke event at the 2011 FINA Swimming World Cup by achieving a time of 2:00.03, beating the previous record of 2:00.13 by Shiho Sakai. She set another world record at the 2011 Duel in the Pool by achieving a time of 3:45.56.

She became the first woman to qualify for seven Olympic events. Missy competed in four events at the 2012 Summer Olympics and attained the first position in both the 200-meter and 100-meter backstroke events. She attained second place in the 200-meter freestyle event and the 100-meter freestyle event.

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Missy posing for a photo after winning gold medal source: MSNBC News

More about her career

She participated in the 2012 London Olympics when she was 17 years old. Furthermore, Franklin bagged a bronze medal on the first day of her competition, in the 4×100-meter freestyle relay. She won the gold in the 100-meter backstroke, her first individual event at the competition.

She also bagged the gold in the 4×200-meter freestyle relay. She received her second individual gold in the 200-meter backstroke event. She won her final gold medal in the 4×100 meter medley relay as part of the American national team.

Franklin competed at the 2013 Aquatics World Championships in Barcelona after securing first place in the 100-meter and 200-meter freestyle and backstroke events at the US National Championships.

Moreover, Missy also became the first female swimmer to win six gold medals in a single event at the World Championships. In 2014, she competed in the Pan Pacific Swimming Championships and won four medals: one gold, two silvers, and a bronze.

In 2015, Missy bagged two bronze medals, two gold medals, and one silver medal at the World Aquatics Championships in Kazan, Russia. At the 2015 FINA World Cup, she participated in four events and won two bronze medals and two silver medals. At the 2016 Summer Olympics, Missy won a gold medal in the 4×200-meter freestyle relay.

Missy Franklin – Net Worth 2024

Missy’s net worth is approximated to be $3 million as of 2022. She earned a good amount of money from her swimming career. Now Missy is living a lavishing lifestyle and is a brand ambassador of the USA Swimming Foundation.

Missy Franklin – Personal Life

Missy Franklin is the only child of Dick and D.A. Franklin. Her father Dick Franklin was a football player but he had to resign because of an injury. So, he completed his MBA from Dalhousie University, where he met his love, D A Franklin. They settled in Ontario, Canada but moved to Denver Colorado after her father got transferred to the US.

Missy Franklin was in a relationship with a fellow swimmer John Martens. Later, they broke up. In 2013, she was reportedly dating Daniel Butler. Now she is happily married to Hayes Johnson.

They got engaged on 14th September 2018 and on 14th September 2019, they finally got married. They have a beautiful daughter named Sarah Caitlin Johnson. Missy retired from a professional career in December 2018.

Missy Franklin

Missy with her husband posing for a photo source: HollywoodMask

Missy Franklin – Body Measurements 2022

Missy Franklin’s height is 6 feet and 2 inches and she weighs around 75 kgs. Her figure measurement is approximately 32-26-30. She has a beautiful pair of green eyes and blonde hair.

Social Media

Missy Franklin is active on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Missy has around 28k followers on Facebook, 313k followers on Instagram, and 390.5k followers on Twitter. She posts frequently her daily updates on these social media pages.