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.
400 freestyle, 3:59.82 American Record (7-28-13) 500 freestyle, 4:28.71 American Record (2-8-14). First woman to break 4 minute, 30 second mark in 500-yard freestyle. 800 freestyle, 8:13.86 American Record, World Record (8-3-13) 1500 freestyle, 15:36.53 American Record, World Record (7-30-13) 1,650 freestyle, 15:15:17 American Record (12-7-13)
Qualified for the 2013 FINA World Championships with wins in the 400m, 800m and 1500m freestyle at 2013 Phillips 66 Nationals. Broke Janet Evans' 1988 meet record with a time of 15:47.15 at 2013 Nationals and also established a personal best of 4:04.05 in the 400m freestyle. Also placed second in the 200m freestyle at 2013 Nationals.
Won gold in the 800m freestyle at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, breaking Janet Evans' 1989 American record with a time of 8:14.63.
Qualified for the 2012 Olympic Team by finishing first in the 800m freestyle at Trials.
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!