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The above photo demonstrates Phelps’ impact on the sport of swimming. Ledecky, another Maryland native, is now one of the top competitors of all time in the sport of swimming, and despite her dominance, at one time she was just another Phelps fan.
Ledecky was the most successful female swimmer at these Olympics Games, taking home four gold medals and one silver medal. Ledecky also broke two world records.
Ledecky’s dominance comes at the same time that Phelps is bidding his final farewell to the sport of swimming. Assuming Phelps doesn’t come out of retirement, this Olympic team will be the last national team that Phelps is on with Ledecky.
Following in his footsteps, Ledecky now leads the charge of change for the sport, redefining what’s possible in the distance freestyles. Her absolute dominance in her racing resembles that of a 2007, 2008 Phelps who was undefeated in international events and winning them by body lengths.
With the torch passed, it’s now Ledecky’s turn to dominate the sport as Phelps did for so many years.