Franklin gained fame during her debut at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Then 17, she won gold medals in the 100-meter backstroke, 200-meter backstroke (setting the world record), 4×200-meter free relay and 4×100-meter medley relay (also a world record). She won a bronze medal in the 4×100-meter free relay.
She turned 19 on Monday, allowing her to officially turn professional, which comes following the 2015 NCAA Championships, where she led the UC Berkeley women’s swimming team to a NCAA women’s team championship. Franklin also captured three individual NCAA titles at the meet and set an American record in the 200-yard freestyle.
“I think what WME and IMG have built across the last year is really dynamic, and I feel like it’s the right fit for me as I turn professional,” Franklin said. “My focus in the pool is going to be pushing myself day in and day out to be my best self and achieve my goals, and I know that my new team at WME | IMG will help me use the platform I have been given to make a difference.”
Franklin’s team will be led by Mark Ervin, senior vice president, IMG Clients.