In her brief bio it points out Ledecky became the first female to ever win four individual gold medals at the World Championships, and the first to sweep the 200, 400, 800 and 1500 freestyle at a World Championships. They also refer to her as “undoubtedly the most dominant female swimmer in the sport today.”
Ledecky is joined by some elusive company in the list, including NBA stars Steph Curry and Russell Westbrook, NHL stars Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin, and professional golfer Jordan Spieth.
Ledecky is one of only four teenagers who made the list. At 18 years of age, she is the third youngest, with only 14 year-old Mo’one Davis (baseball) and 14 year-old Ashima Shiraishi (rock climbing) younger. She was also one of only seven women on the list.