Fast Facts

  • Began swimming at the age of 5.
  • Has both U.S. and Canadian citizenship.
  • At age 13, competed at the 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials, but failed to make the team.
  • Had breakout performance at the 2011 World Championships, winning three gold medals, one silver and one bronze.
  • Was named the FINA women's Swimmer of the Year for 2011.
  • Set world short-course records in the 200m backstroke and the 4x100m medley relay in 2011.
  • At the 2012 Olympic Games in London, she won gold in the 100m and 200m backstroke (setting a world record); 4x200 freestyle relay; and 4x100 medley relay.
  • Won six gold medals at the 2013 World Championships.
  • Swam two years for the University of California, but turned pro after the 2015 NCAA Swimming Championships.
  • Swam in a qualifying heat for the 4x200m relay at the 2016 Olympics in Rio, thus winning a gold medal when the team later won in the final.


  • Dick Franklin — Father
  • D.A. Franklin — Mother


  • Attends University of California, Berkeley, California, United States


  • Birth Name: Melissa Jeanette Franklin
  • Birth Place: Pasadena, California, United States
  • Profession: Swimmer

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