Katie Ledecky Passes Legendary Kickboard to Stanford Freshman Lillie Nordmann

Three-time Olympian and World Record holder Katie Ledecky carried on a Stanford swimming tradition this week and passed her storied kickboard to freshman Lillie Nordmann. The kickboard tradition started in 1992 when the original owner of the board, Janet Evans, passed it on to then-freshman Jenny Thompson. On Wednesday Ledecky revealed that she would leave Stanford and coach Greg Meehan to train at the University of Florida with coach Anthony Nesty, and so the time was right for Ledecky to give the kickboard to another member of the Stanford women’s swim team.

Nordmann is now the 8th owner of the kickboard. In all, the board has been owned by 4 Olympians and 7 NCAA champions. 28 Olympic medals have been won between the four previous owners of the board that have represented the United States in the Olympics: Evans (5), Thompson (12), Tara Kirk (1), and Ledecky (10).

Nordmann was the 6th-ranked female recruit in high school class of 2020, though she deferred her enrollment one year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Though Nordmann has not made an Olympic team, she represented the United States at the FINA World Junior Championships in Budapest in 2019 where she won 3 gold medals.

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1 month ago

… Regan Smith?

magic juice
Reply to  bobthebuilderrocks
1 month ago

It’s not a board that just goes to the *fastest* swimmer. I’m not sure Regan has been at Stanford long enough to earn it.

Ledecky will go under 8 minutes in the 800
Reply to  magic juice
1 month ago

Lillie is a freshman


She trained at Stanford during the pandemic.

Reply to  bobthebuilderrocks
1 month ago

Why do you think Smith should have gotten it.

Reply to  bobthebuilderrocks
1 month ago

She probably sees certain qualities in Nordman that she doesn’t see in Smith.

Reply to  Dolphin
1 month ago

Pretty sure Smith just arrived. Probably hasn’t shared the same level of camaraderie as Nordmann.

1 month ago

Dang. No pressure.

1 month ago

How isn’t it still stolen? The kickboard of Janet Evans and Katie Ledecky!!!! Wow! Are there any autographs on it. Picture please.

1 month ago

How is a kickboard owned by multiple owners at the same time? Is it like a kickboard timeshare?

Reply to  BearlyBreathing
1 month ago

Yeah are the Katie Olsen years a typo?

Last edited 1 month ago by DMacNCheez
Ledecky will go under 8 minutes in the 800
1 month ago

Your in-depth analysis was totally not creepy and unsettling at all!

1 month ago

Weird hill to die on y’all

1 month ago

Really? You can think your thoughts but public comments on other peoples’ weights should be off limits. And don’t deflect by saying people in the public eye should be able to take it.

1 month ago


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