Missy Franklin is a four-time Olympic gold medalist and multiple world record-holder in the sport of swimming, and she will be the Monday lunch general session speaker at the 2015 AWSM Convention in Denver.
Franklin won four gold medals and a bronze in the 2012 London Olympic Games, swimming the backstroke and freestyle in individual and medley events.
She won gold in the 100-meter backstroke, 200-meter backstroke, was part of the U.S. 4×200-meter freestyle relay and 4×100-meter medley relay teams, and won bronze in the 4×100-meter free relay. Franklin’s performance in the 200-meter backstroke broke the world record in the event and also marked the first time that an American had won the event in 40 years.
She followed her Olympic success by winning six gold medals at the 2013 FINA World Championships in Barcelona, becoming the most-decorated female swimmer in history at a single World Championships.
Franklin, who was raised in Centennial, Colo., began swimming competitively at the age of five and competed in her first international event at the age of 14. In 2011, she established herself as one of the top swimmers in the world when she won five medals – three of them gold – at the FINA World Championships in Shanghai. That fall, she also broke her first world record at the FINA World Cup in Berlin, becoming the first female to break an individual world record since high-tech bodysuits were banned in January of 2010.
A member of the U.S. National Swim Team, Franklin competed at UC-Berkeley before turning professional. Her choice to swim collegiately and forgo sponsorships and prize money was well documented during the 2012 Olympics, but swimming for a college team was something that was very important to Franklin. In her two years competing at Cal, Franklin earned four individual NCAA titles and helped the UC Berkeley win the 2015 NCAA Women’s Division I Swimming and Diving Team Championship.
Recognized for her bright smile and engaging personality, Franklin is a past recipient of the Laureus ‘Sportswoman of the Year’ award. She has been named World Swimmer of the Year and American Swimmer of the Year by Swimming World Magazine and earned the ESPY for Best Female Olympian in 2013.
This summer, Franklin will look to add to her international medal count at the 2015 FINA World Championships in Kazan, Russia. She will compete in next year’s U.S Olympic Swim Trials where she will look to qualify for the 2016 Olympics Games in Rio de Janeiro.
Franklin is a student as California-Berkeley, where she intends to continue working towards a degree in psychology and a minor in education.