Melissa Jeanette Franklin (born 10 May 1995) is a four-time Olympic gold medalist from Colorado, U.S.A. She currently holds the world record in the 200-meter backstroke (short course and long course) and the American record in both the 100-meter and 200-meter backstroke (long course). As a member of the U.S. National Team, she also holds the world record in the 4×100-meter medley relay (short course and long course).
At the 2012 London Olympics at age 17, Franklin won a total of five medals, four of which were gold. She swept the women's backstroke events, winning gold in both the 100-meter and 200-meter backstroke. Franklin's success have earned her Swimming World Magazine's World Swimmer of the Year and the American Swimmer of the Year award in 2012 as well as the FINA Swimmer of the Year Award in 2011 and 2012. In total, she has won twelve medals in international competition: seven gold, three silver, and two bronze spanning the 2012 Summer Olympics, the FINA World Championships and the short course FINA World Championships.
USA Olympic Swim Team Video
She starred in a popular YouTube video made by the members of the USA Olympic Swim Team:
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