Missy Franklin agreed to an endorsement deal with Speedo, the suit she wore when winning four gold medals at the 2012 Olympics.
“Timing-wise, this is kind of perfect. The first thing that we really wanted to do was get a suit company so I would be ready for [World Championships in Kazan, Russia, in August],” Franklin said, according to USA Today. “We thought that would be an awesome way, a summer before [Olympic] trials next year, to really start laying that foundation and start working as hard as I can for them.”
Franklin, 20, turned professional following her sophomore NCAA season at California in March. She will compete for the first time since the NCAA Championships at a Pro Swim Series meet in Santa Clara, Calif., this week.
Franklin is scheduled for four individual events at the World Championships, her same quartet from the London Games — 100m and 200m freestyles and 100m and 200m backstrokes. She could also swim in three women’s relays, plus possibly one mixed-gender relay, according to USA Today.
Mixed-gender relays are debuting at the World Championships this year.
Franklin’s deal with Speedo follows that of Michael Phelps, who signed with the company in 2001 and had a deal with Speedo through 2013, and Ryan Lochte, who is still a Speedo swimmer.