Olympic Gold Medalist 800m Freestyle, London 2012 Multiple World Record Holder
Katie Ledecky was born in Washington, DC, on March 17, 1997. Katie is the daughter of David and Mary Gen Ledecky. Her mother swam for the University of New Mexico. Ledecky resides in Bethesda, Maryland, where she attends Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart.
Ledecky began swimming at the age of six due to influence of her older brother, Michael. Through the summer of 2012, she trained with the Nation's Capital Swim Club (formerly the Curl Burke Swim Club) under coach Yuri Suguiyama. She continues to train with the Nation's Capital Swim Club under coach Bruce Gemmell. During the summers, she swims for Palisades Swim Team in Bethesda. Fun fact, Katie swims 8,000 meters/yards a day, 2.5-5 hours a day, 8-9 workouts a week.
100 m freestyle
2014 National Championships
August 6, 2014
200 m freestyle
2014 PVS LC Senior Champs
July 18, 2014
400 m freestyle
2014 Pan Pacific Championships
August 23, 2014
Metro Championships, Boyds, MD
February 8, 2014
800 m freestyle
2014 TWST Senior Invitational
June 22, 2014
800 m freestyle
August 3, 2012
1500 m freestyle
2014 Pan Pacific Championships
August 24, 2014
Winter National Championships
Dec 7, 2013
*First woman to break 4 minute, 30 second mark in 500-yard freestyle.
**Won gold in the 800 m freestyle at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, breaking Janet Evans' 1989 American record.
Swimming World's 2014 Swimmer of the Year Golden Goggle Awards 2014 - Female Athlete of the Year, Relay Performance of the Year, and Female Race of the Year Swimmer of the Meet award, 2014 Pan Pacific Championships Washington Post All-Met Girls' Swimming, Swimmer of the Year, 2014 All-Gazette, Athlete of the Year, 2014 Swimming World's 2013 Swimmer of the Year FINA Simmer of the Year, 2013 American Swimmer of the Year, 2013 Golden Goggle Awards 2013 - Female Race of the Year and Female Athlete of the Year 2013 U.S. Olympic Committee SPORTSWOMAN OF THE YEAR
Katie Ledecky Earns Three Golden Goggle Awards USA Swimming November 24 2014 Katie won Female Athlete of the Year, Relay Performance of the Year, and Female Race of the Year at the Golden Goggle Awards.
Ledecky cares about the little things The Gazette, November 19, 2014
Katie Ledecky swims wearing cap of student seriously hurt in car crash NBC Sports, November 13, 2014
Katie Ledecky Sets World Record in 1,500-Meter Freestyle NY Times, August 24, 2014
Ledecky wins 5th gold at Pan Pacific Championship; Phelps tallies 3rd victory Fox Sports, August 24, 2014
As (Very) Fast Friends, Two Young Americans Balance at Sport’s Peak Missy Franklin and Katie Ledecky Adjust to Life as Swimming Royalty NY Times, August 16, 2014
Katie Ledecky Breaks World Record in 400 Free NBC OlympicTalk, August 9, 2014
USA Swimming Nationals: Katie Ledecky wins third consecutive 800-meter freestyle title The Washington Post, August 6, 2014
Katie's Interview - World Championships and Olympics
WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS 2013 - Katie's accomplishments Four Gold Medals, 400, 800, and 1500 Meter Freestyle, and US 4x200 Meter Freestyle Relay One American Record (400 Meter) Two World Records (800 & 1500 Meter) 800 Meter Freestyle - 8:13.86 1500 Meter Freestyle - 15:47.15 Katie earned the highest honor at the 15th FINA World Championships in Barcelona, Spain by being named the top woman scorer.
Ledecky's Legacy 7/29/2013 Ledecky secured the first US 400 freestyle gold since Janet Evans in 1991 and smashed the American record by nearly two seconds in the women's 400 meters freestyle at the world swimming championships. USAswimming.com Katie Ledecky breaks 25-year-old U.S. record at national swim championships June 29, 2013 Katie won the 1,500 meter freestyle and set a new U.S. record that was held by Janet Evans. Katie's time was 15:47.15, beating the old record by nearly five seconds. Katie competed in four races at the nationals, and won the national championships in the three longest events — the 400, 800 and 1,500 free — in astoundingly easy fashion. Katie also finished second in the 200 freestyle, behind Missy Franklin. Katie has qualified for Worlds to compete in the 200, 400, 800 and 1,500 meter free at Barcelona. The last American woman to try anything close was Shirley Babashoff, who competed in the 200, 400 and 800 at the 1975 Worlds and the 1976 Olympics. The 1,500 meter was only added to the women’s competition in 2001, and no American has tried to do all four on the world stage. The Washington Times
Janet Hu, Katie Ledecky once again make waves in the record books At the 10th Annual Tom Dolan Invitational, their relay team achieved the girls’ 15-16 800-yard freestyle relay national age group record for a new time of 7 minutes, 16.04 seconds. reachforthewall.com
ESPN article: Ledecky maintains normalcy after London December 5, 2012 espn.go.com
Olympic gold medalist Ledecky cherishes high school team November 28, 2012 The Gazette
Stone Ridge swim team opens with a win, November 13, 2012. Katie Ledecky set two new pool records and one new SR swim team record at this meet. WUSA9 covers SR opening swim meet vs. St. John's College High School.
Organized by the USA Swimming Foundation, the Golden Goggle Awards honor the top performances in American swimming. Katie Ledecky won for both Breakout Performance of the Year and Female Race of the Year. http://chevychase.patch.com http://www.examiner.com
Katie Ledecky 15' spent her 16th birthday on St. Patrick's Day as an area celebrity. In the afternoon, Katie was a Division Marshall at the DC St. Patrick's Day parade. That evening, Katie was at the Capitals Hockey game, received a standing ovation and was presented with a Ledecky Caps jersey. Fun to be Sweet 16 and an Olympian!