Phelps and Ledecky Recreate Autograph Picture From First Time They Met

Ten-years after a young Katie Ledecky got an autograph from Michael Phelps in 2006, the pair of multi-time Olympic gold medallists recreated the photo today in Rio at the Olympic Games.

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.

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Kenny
5 years ago

That’s a young Janet Hu standing behind Katy!

Kenny
Reply to  Kenny
5 years ago

I know – Katie not Katy. Stupid autocorrect

spectatorn
Reply to  Kenny
5 years ago

thanks for confirming! They are going to be teammate again in Stanford soon.

Stay Human
Reply to  Kenny
5 years ago

That’s also Kate Ziegler sitting next to Phelps. Katie would break her world record only 7 years later. Ledecky had her sights set higher than Ziegler, and modeled her stroke after Phelps’.

D3dad
Reply to  Kenny
5 years ago

Janet Hu was the dominant PVS age grouper of her generation – the one everyone expected to emerge as the potential Olympian. Great underwaters, crazy practice schedule even as a 6 year old, with the all to familiar PVS age grouper peak at 17-18. Her brother was almost as dominant, ended up hanging up the goggles after his freshman year at Penn. Janet has been a great supporting player for Stanford, but the wave has obviously crested.

MegaSwimmer999
5 years ago

Also worthy of note is that Ian Thorpe is on the TV screen behind Phelps in the first picture. Arguably the three biggest names in swimming in one picture!

Aaron
5 years ago

“Hi Mike, big fan. Can you share your doping regimen secrets with me?”

big fan
Reply to  Aaron
5 years ago

Have you herd training 7 days a week, for 24 years and being a little talented !!!

Pmpolo
Reply to  Aaron
5 years ago

I’m curious, do you really think he was doping before he was a teenager? Dod he make a lab out of his erector set? At 11 Bowman told Phelps’ mom that he could be something special. It’s not like he came from nowhere. He changed the way butterfly is swam.

Beachbumj343
5 years ago

I would have said it resembles a 2004-2008 phelps since he was dominating before 2007.

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