At the young age of 23-years-old, Olympian Missy Franklin is ready to hang up her swimsuit.
As sports fans know, Franklin has enjoyed an amazing career in swimming, earning four gold medals at the London games. At the time, she was only 17 years old -- and became the first American woman to ever win four golds in one Olympic session in any sport, according to TMZ.
Today, the swimmer shared an emotional post on ESPN, letting her fans and followers know that she would be retiring after suffering from shoulder injuries that have plagued her for quite some time now. To start the letter to her fans, Franklin confessed that she had tears in her eyes -- but a full heart.
"It's hard to know where to begin, but I feel confident and fulfilled in how it will end, and that's all I could ever ask for."
In the letter, she also described all of the highs that she experienced during competitions, and the feeling that she had during her first Olympic trials. But at the end of the day, she says that she enjoyed it so much because she had a lot of fun doing it.
"The first 18 years of my career were as picture perfect as it can get. The equation couldn't have made more sense: you work hard, you have a positive attitude, you show up every day and give your best, and you get faster. That's how it worked for me. I worked harder, I trained harder and I swam faster, year after year after year."