Meet 2016 U.S. Olympian Katie Ledecky from Bethesda, Maryland, who already has one Olympic gold medal from 2012, but is in position to pile several more on in Rio. In her video, Ledecky echos a familiar refrain that we’ve heard from a lot of swimmers in this series – that her fondest memories of swimming are from summer league. Ledecky will swim the 200, 400, and 800 meter freestyles; the 800 free relay; and as we found out this week, at least a chance at the 400 free relay. Ledecky won 1 gold medal in her first Olympic appearance, and since then has, in the words of the Washington Post, has become “better than anyone is at anything” in the distance freestyles. She’s a heavy favorite to win at least 3 gold medals, in the 400 and 800 individually plus the 800 free relay, and has a chance at the 200 individually as well.
From her SwimSwam bio:
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.
Ledecky lives with her parents in Bethesda, Maryland and attended Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart. She continues to train with her original club, Nation’s Capital Swim Club. She was first coached by Yuri Suguiyama, but moved under Coach Bruce Gemmell.