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Meet Katie Ledecky '15
Olympic Gold Medalist 800m Freestyle,
London 2012

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.Katie Ledecky signs autograph

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.

Career Highlights

EventTimeMeetDateRecord
100 m freestyle54:962014 National Championships August 6, 2014
 
200 m freestyle1:55:792014 PVS LC Senior Champs July 18, 2014
 
400 m freestyle3:58.372014 Pan Pacific Championships
 August 23, 2014
World Record
500 freestyle4:28.71*Metro Championships, Boyds, MD February 8, 2014American Record
800 m freestyle8:11:002014 TWST Senior Invitational June 22, 2014
World Record
800 m freestyle8:14.632012 Olympics** August 3, 2012
Gold Medal
1500 m freestyle15:28.362014 Pan Pacific Championships
 August 24, 2014
World Record
1,650 freestyle15:15:17Winter National Championships Dec 7, 2013American Record

 *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.

Awards

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
World Swimmer of the Year, 2013
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

Stone Ridge relay team

Katie's Swim Season - Senior Year 2014

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

Interview Transcript with Katie and Coach Bruce Gemmell
US National Championship, August 5, 2014

Katie Ledecky returns to her summer swim league to sign autographs — and set records
The Washington Post, July 5, 2014

Swim Season 2013-2014

Katie Ledecky '15 Verbally Commits To Swim For Stanford University
May 15, 2014
The Washington Post, May 15 2014

Katie Ledecky wins 800-meter freestyle at Grand Prix
The Washington Post, April 26, 2014

Unrelenting Will Toward Victory Drives Teenager
Katie Ledecky Raises Performance Ceiling for U.S Women’s Swimming
The New York Times, APRIL 26, 2014

Washington Post All-Met Girls' Swimming, Swimmer of the Year, Katie Ledecky
April 6, 2014
www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/sports/highschools/2013-14/winter-all-met/girls-swimming


All-Gazette, Athlete of the Year,
Katie Ledecky
March 5, 2014
www.gazette.net/article/20140305/SPORTS/140309831&template=gazette

All-Independent School League Team
, Katie Ledecky ‘15

Katie Ledecky become first woman to break 4 minute, 30 second mark in 500-yard freestyle.
The Gazette, 2/12/14
The Washington Post, 2/7/14

Swimmer of the year
Katie Ledecky named 2013 female swimmer of the year by Swimming World magazine
The Washington Post, November 29, 2013

Golden Goggle Awards 2013
Female Race of the Year and Female Athlete of the Year
Swimswam.org, November 23, 2013

2013 U.S. Olympic Committee SPORTSWOMAN OF THE YEAR
www.teamusa.org/News/2013/October/24/Katie-Ledecky-Olympic-SportsWoman-Of-The-Year

Katie's Interview - World Championships and Olympics

August 2013

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.

The Washington Post, 8/4/13
The Gazette, 8/5/13
The Washington Post photos

Katie Ledecky sets world record in 1,500 meters at world swimming championships
July 30, 2013
The Washington Post
The Washington Post
, July 31
The race and interview

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

Four U.S. Standouts Become Fast Friends

May 11, 2013
New York Times

Ledecky, Jaeger Win to Open Arena Grand Prix at Charlotte
5/9/2013
www.usaswimming.org/ViewNewsArticle.aspx?TabId=2061&itemid=5213&mid=1062

2013 USA Swimming Grand Prix: Mesa:
Ledecky beats Franklin in 200m free
April 12, 2013
usaswimming.org/ViewNewsArticle.aspx?TabId=0&itemid=5151&mid=8712

Swim Season 2012-2013

Katie Ledecky '15 named All-Met Girls' Swimmer of the Year
April 5, 2013
The Washington Post

2013 All-Gazette: Girls swimming and diving Team. Katie Ledecky is Swimmer of the Year.
February 27, 2013
www.gazette.net/article/20130227/SPORTS/130229070/-1/2013-all-gazette-girls-swimming-and-diving&template=gazette

Katie Ledecky sets national high school record in 500 free at the Washington Metropolitan Interscholastic Swim & Dive Championship
February 9, 2013
reachforthewall.com

Olympic gold medalist Katie Ledecky: Still at home in the high school pool
January 31, 2013
The Washington Post

Passing the torch: Olympic swimmers inspire students during visit to Convent of the Sacred Heart
January 23, 2013
Greenwich Citizen

Katie Ledecky is WTOP Female Athlete of the Year
www.wtop.com

Comcast SportNet visits a Stone Ridge swim meet
December 20, 2012
Visit www.csnwashington.com/video_content_type/katie-ledecky-i-just-wanted-be-myself-when-i-got-home to watch the interview.

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.


2012 Summer Olympic Coverage

Katie on Fox TV

Welcome Home Katie
9news.com
Welcome Home Katie

www.mymcmedia.org

CBS9 news coverage of the Katie Ledecky
viewing party
at Stone Ridge

Associated Press news coverage of the Katie Ledecky viewing party at Stone Ridge

NBCNews.com
Katie on the Today Show, 8/5/12

NBCNews.com
Katie on the Today Show, 8/3/12


nbcwashington.com
Ledecky's Lane to Olympic Final Began at
Local Pool


Phelps, Ledecky, Franklin All Golden at
Olympics Associated Press

Katie Ledecky reacts to her win


Look close for Katie at the minute marks
2:41 and 3:02 with a group.

Katie Ledecky on the Today Show
Katie on the Today Show
New U.S. Swimming Faces on TODAY

Katie's Swimming Accomplishments 2011-2012

Broke six Stone Ridge swimming team records

Broke six Stone Ridge pool records

Broke Kate Ziegler's WMPSSDL meet records in the 200m and 500m free

Anchored the WMPSSDL record setting 200 free relay

Broke the ISL (Independent School League) meet records in the 200 and 500 free

Made the ISL All-League

Made the WMPSSDL (Washington Metropolitan Prep School Swimming and Diving League) All League

Made All-Met First Team

Was a High School All American in the 200 free (8th place) and 500 free (3rd place)

Broke the National Age Group records in the 400 free and 800 free at the USA Olympic Trials

Broke the USA Olympic Trials record in the 800 free

Has the 2nd fastest 800 free time this year

Has the 12th fastest 800 free of all time

Olympic News

ABC9, WJLA, August, 12 Olympics 2012: Katie Ledecky, Olympic gold medalist, comes home, talks with ABC7


WTOP, 8/9/12, MD gold medalist Katie Ledecky shares her favorite moments

NBC4, 8/7/12, Katie swims through the forecast. So funny!

Catholic News, 8/6/12, Maryland Catholic high school cheers on Katie Ledecky, its golden girl

People, 8/6/12, Katie Ledecky Wins Gold, Heads Back to School

The Washington Post, Katie Ledecky’s success came as no surprise to Bethesda-based family of high achievers, 8/4/12

The Gazette, 8/3/12, Stone Ridge 'watch party' in Bethesda draws hundreds to see Ledecky win gold

The Washington Post, 8/3/12, Michael Phelps, Missy Franklin, Katie Ledecky all grab gold at London Olympics

The Washington Post, 8/3/12, Katie Ledecky, 15, makes big splash with Olympic gold medal in 800 meters

USA Today, 8/3/12, Katie Ledecky, 15, wins 800 free, breaks Janet Evans' record

Yahoo Sports, 8/3/12, Katie Ledecky, youngest United States Olympian, wins gold in 800

The Washington Post, 8/3/12, The scene in Bethesda as Ledecky wins gold

Swimming World, 8/3/12, Missy Franklin, Katie Ledecky Prove Youth is Served for United States

Patch.com, 8/3/12 Bethesda Olympian Ledecky, 15, Takes Gold. See the live reaction to the big win!

Bleacherreport.com, 8/3/12, Katie Ledecky: High School Sophomore Is Now Olympic Champion

Patheos, 8/4/12, Olympic Gold Medalist Katie Ledecky Didn’t Know She Wasn’t Supposed to Achieve the Impossible

Fun Stuff

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!

Bethesda Magazine, 11/19/12, Bethesda's Golden Girl.

Bethesda Honors Hometown Olympians, 8/25/12.

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