Rio de Janeiro – Katie Ledecky was expected to become one of the stars of the Rio Olympic games and that she did. The 19 year-old Stanford bound super-swimmer walks away from the games with five Olympic medals, 4 golds and 1 silver, and broke some records along the way.
Ledecky got things started on day 3 of the games winning the 400m Free with an Olympic Record time of 3:56.46, breaking her own world record (3:58.37 – 2014). Ledecky went on to win the other individual meets, including the 200m Free and the 800m Free (WR – 8:04.79). She then joined the relay team and added a 4×200 Free gold and 4x100m Free silver. By sweeping the long distances, Ledecky becomes only the second woman in history to win the 200m, 400m & 800m Freestyle at the same Olympic Games.
You’ve come a long way baby:
At the London 2012 Olympic Games, LEDECKY only took part in the women’s 800m freestyle, which she won at 15 years and 139 days of age. She became the second youngest Olympic champion in London, as fellow swimmer Ruta MEILUTYTE (LTU) was six days younger when she won her maiden Olympic title in the women’s 100m breaststroke.