Athlete Bios

Katie Ledecky (Bio)

Kathleen Genevieve "Katie" Ledecky. Two world records, four world championships, one Olympic gold. All before she passed her driver's license test. Born in Washington, D.C. in 1997, Kathleen Ledecky (Katie, for short) did not waste much time before beginning her already-legendary swimming career. She started swimming at age 6, following in her older brother Michael's footsteps.

Personal

Ledecky grew up in Bethesda, Maryland and attended Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart. She trained with Nation's Capital Swim Club, where she was first coached by Yuri Suguiyama, followed by Bruce Gemmel after Yuri's departure to Cal.


Famous Quote:

"I just like to swim…fast. I don't think about the distance."

In her international debut at the 2012 London Olympic Games as a 15-year-old, Ledecky unexpectedly won the gold medal in the women's 800-metre freestyle. Four years later, she left Rio de Janeiro as the most decorated female athlete of the 2016 Olympic Games with four gold medals, one silver medal, and two world records. In total, she has won 26 medals (24 golds and two silver) in major international competitions, spanning the Summer Olympics, World Championships, and Pan Pacific Championships. During her career, she has broken thirteen world records.

Ledecky's success has earned her Swimming World's World Swimmer of the Year in 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016. Ledecky was also named Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year in 2017, international female Champion of Champions by L'Équipe in 2014 and 2017, United States Olympic Committee Female Athlete of the Year in 2013, 2016 and 2017, and Sportswoman of the Year by the Women's Sports Foundation in 2017.[2]Ledecky's 10 individual gold medals at the World Aquatics Championships and 14 combined individual titles at the Olympics and World Aquatics Championships are records in women's swimming.

Colleges

Top 5 Division I Schools for Women’s Swimming

Keep reading ... Show less

Lady Bird: Testing Old Slideshows

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Phasellus id odio vitae quam convallis ullamcorper. Etiam vel erat metus. Donec at semper sem. Integer mi dolor, vulputate a nulla eu, ultrices fringilla lectus. Aliquam vel ultricies orci.

Keep reading ... Show less
Tests

Facebook Test: Japanese Food + Ramen

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Duis ullamcorper diam diam, non ultrices dolor lacinia id. Sed eget luctus leo. Nullam lorem eros, pretium sit amet sem eu, blandit tempus leo. Morbi odio justo, porta ac justo ac, ullamcorper dictum nunc. Pellentesque habitant morbi tristique senectus et netus et malesuada fames ac turpis egestas. Nullam id venenatis lacus. Cras vel nisi ex. Nunc auctor, felis vel consectetur mattis, quam massa viverra risus, ac vehicula nunc nulla a arcu. Quisque id ante neque. In hac habitasse platea dictumst. Pellentesque varius sollicitudin felis vel pretium.

Keep reading ... Show less
News

Rachael Bukowski Breaks MSU Pool Record On Senior Day

Michigan State senior Racheal Bukoski broke the MSU pool record in the 50 on Senior Day.

Keep reading ... Show less
News

Australian Teen Ariarne Titmus Looking 'Ledecky-esque'... AGAIN

The 'terminator' Ariarne Titmus wowed spectators at the Australian Trials tonight, winning 200m freestyle gold in a superb 1:55.76. Current photo via Swimming Australia LTD



Keep reading ... Show less