Katie Ledecky is set to ring the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) Closing Bell this afternoon at 4:00pm Eastern Time, NYSE announced this morning. The stop is Ledecky’s latest in media tour of New York City this week. Following her return from the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, Ledecky has made appearances on The Today Show, and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, wherein she’s discussed her Olympic experience.
Ledecky’s appearance this afternoon will be more ceremonial in nature. NYSE invites celebrities to ring the Closing Bell, which signifies the end of stock trading for the day, in order to celebrate some achievement. The opening and closing bells are largely symbolic at NYSE these days, since the vast majority of trading is now done electronically, rather than physically on the floor of the Exchange.
Katie Ledecky is now tied with Zimbabwe’s Kirsty Coventry and Hungary’s Krisztina Egerszegi for the most individual Olympic medals by a female swimmer of all-time (7). However, Ledecky does solely have the most individual Gold medals in women’s Olympic swimming history, coming in with 6. Her 10 overall Olympic medals make her one of the most decorated female Olympic swimmers of all-time, plausibly within reach of Americans Jenny Thompson, Natalie Coughlin, and Dara Torres, who are the most decorated women’s swimmers of all-time, with 12 medals apiece.
In Tokyo, Ledecky put on a historic performance, winning 2 Golds and 2 Silvers. Alongside the straight medal count, she became the first female to 3 consecutive Olympic Gold medals in the 800 free, and just the 3rd women’s swimmer all-time to win 3 consecutive Olympic Golds in a single individual event. She also became the first-ever women’s 1500 free Olympic Champion. In her individual Silver medal performance, which came in the 400 free, Ledecky still posted the 4th-fastest time of all-time in the race.