Four-time Olympic gold medalist and world record-holder Missy Franklin experienced back spasms during Team USA’s training on Tuesday, August 19, in preparation for the Pan Pacific Championships. Following the training session, team doctors worked the spasms under control to relieve her discomfort. Later last night, Missy tweeted that she was “already feeling better” and thanked the community for its support. Throughout Tuesday evening and Wednesday she rested and rehabilitated at the hotel.
On Wednesday afternoon, Missy swam in a local pool, where she tested her back with minimal discomfort. “It was very therapeutic and felt great being back in the water,” Franklin said. Her status for the scheduled 200m freestyle and 100m backstroke will be determined prior to preliminary heats on Thursday morning.
Like any high performance, world-class athlete who has trained thousands of hours, Missy has endured minor aches and pains, with back spasms not previously being a factor for her.
QUOTE FROM MISSY: “First of all, I have to thank our medical team for their amazing work and also my teammates, coaches, staff and fans for all their heartfelt support. I am feeling drastically better every hour that goes by and hoping and praying that I will be ready to race tomorrow. We will consistently coordinate with team doctors and staff to make the best decisions for myself and my team.”
Ryan Lochte, Katie Ledecky and Nathan Adrian pre-meet press conference ahead of 2014 Pan Pacs
Happy swimmers heading to the pool this morning. #teamUSA
Matt’s group selfie
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