Missy Franklin is sidelined from swimming competition for an undisclosed period of time to recover from surgeries on both of her shoulders due to bursitis, according to her social media.
“This is what’s best for me to come stronger than ever,” was posted on Franklin’s Instagram. “I’m so far from being done with this sport.”
The five-time Olympic champion was diagnosed in early January following an MRI, underwent surgeries that month and has returned to limited training.
Franklin, who has not raced since the Rio Olympics, will not compete in the next USA Swimming Pro Series meet in Mesa, Ariz., in two weeks.
Her return date is not set.
The U.S. Championships are in June in Indianapolis and serve as a qualifying meet for the world championships in Budapest in July.
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This essentially says it all… but I would really like to reiterate how this is what's best for me to come back stronger than ever. I'm so far from being done with this sport, and so far from being done fighting to be the best I can be. I've had the best support system while going through this (my Bear Bros and phenomenal coaches get a special shoutout👊🏻💛🐻) and my fans mean everything to me. I love you all so so much and can't thank you enough for being a part of this journey with me💖