Missy Franklin explains her decision to leave the University of California and train for the Olympics at home in Colorado in the finale of her two-part GoPro video series published Monday.
“I left everything,” Franklin said. “I left my apartment. I left my boyfriend. I left my best friend. Everything is in Berkeley [Calif.].
“This decision was, without a doubt, the biggest sacrifice I’ve ever had to make in my life. … And know that that life was still going to go on without me there was like the most heart-wrenching feeling.”
Franklin studied and competed at Cal for two seasons, then turned professional and moved back into her parents’ basement in Colorado last spring.
Franklin, 20, earned four gold medals at the 2012 Olympics and a female record six gold medals at the 2013 World Championships. She came away from the biggest meets of 2014 and 2015 with zero individual titles, suffering back spasms two days before the 2014 Pan Pacific Championships.
She could try to make the Rio Olympic team in the 100m and 200m backstrokes and 100m and 200m freestyles at the Olympic Trials from June 26-July 3 in Omaha, Neb.