Katie Ledecky, Kate Douglass Named Co-Female Athletes of the Year at 2023 Golden Goggles

by Sean Griffin 8

November 20th, 2023 News

2023 Golden Goggle Awards

In a bit of a twist to end the night, Katie Ledecky and Kate Douglass were both named Female Athletes of the Year. The other two nominees for the award were Regan Smith and Katie Grimes.

Of note, this is Ledecky’s 9th time winning this award. Ledecky first won this award back in 2013, winning it all the way through 2018. She also won the award in 2021 and 2022.

Ledecky had an outstanding 2023. At the World Championship Trials in June, Ledecky posted a time of 8:07.07 in the 800 freestyle to swim the third fastest time in history. She later stopped the clock in 15:29.64 in the 1500, breaking 15:30 for the first time since March 2020.

At the World Championships in Fukuoka, Ledecky swept the 800 and 1500 Freestyles. She posted an 8:08.84 to win the 800 by nearly five seconds, and dropped 3 seconds from her Trials time in the 1500 to win in 15:26.27. The swim by Ledecky in the 1500 was the third fastest performance of all-time. Ledecky also swam a season best time of 3:58.73 to secure a silver medal for Team USA in the 400 freestyle.

2023 Performances by Ledecky:

  • 200m Freestyle – 1:54.96
  • 400m Freestyle – 3:58.73
  • 800m Freestyle – 8:07.07 *3rd Fastest Performance in History*
  • 1500m Freestyle – 15:26.27 *3rd Fastest Performance in History*

Douglass showed the world her wide range of versatility this summer, qualifying for the U.S. World Championship team in the 100 freestyle, 200 breaststroke, and 200 IM. She left Fukuoka with 6 medals, (2 gold, 3 silver, & 1 bronze) including an individual world title in the 200 IM. She also won an individual silver in the 200 breaststroke (2:21.23).

Douglass posted a best time in all of the events she swam this summer, and is an contender to make the Paris Olympics in at least five individual events.

2023 Performances by Douglass:

  • 50m Freestyle – 24.40
  • 100m Freestyle – 52.57
  • 100m Breaststroke – 1:07.07
  • 200m Breaststroke – 2:21.22
  • 100m Butterfly – 56.43
  • 200m IM – 2:07.09

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santa banana
13 days ago

not a big fan of ties.

The point of these type of award shows is to give to the one person per award. Any ‘controversial’ decisions will just lead to more discussions on forums.

14 days ago

Let’s do two Heisman trophy’s this year as well! This diminishes the award in my opinion. It’s not the best female athlete anymore, it’s a USA Swimming trying to not make any decisions award.

Reply to  TimH
14 days ago

I agree. We never tie for Swammys because I don’t think that’s how awards like this should work.

Once you start tying, it becomes easier to tie again, and eventually you’re tying everyone to make sure you don’t hurt feelings.

14 days ago

Everybody is a winner!!

HOO love
14 days ago

two amazing ladies!!

Sweet Sweet Peter Rosen
14 days ago

No mention of Kate D having the best SCY meet in history?

Reply to  Sweet Sweet Peter Rosen
14 days ago

Probably because this is USA swimming, not the ESPYs or NCAA awards.

Southerly Buster
14 days ago

“She left Fukuoka with 5 medals”

Kate Douglass actually won 6 medals at Fukuoka. She also collected a bronze medal in the Mixed Medley relay.