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Professional Swimmer

Katie Ledecky with SR captains

Olympic Gold 200m, 400m, 800m, 4x200m relay freestyle, Silver 4x100m relay, Rio 2016
Olympic Gold 800m freestyle, London 2012
Multiple World Record Holder
Two NCAA titles at Stanford University, 2017 and 2018
A Stone Ridge Girl

Katie was born in Washington, DC, to David Ledecky and Mary Gen Hagan. David Ledecky's father came to the United States from Czechoslovakia in 1947. Katie began swimming at the age of six, due to the influence of her older brother, Michael. Her mother swam for the University of New Mexico. Katie resides in Bethesda, Maryland, where she graduated from Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart in 2015. During her high school swimming career, Katie set the American and US Open record in the 500-yard freestyle twice, and also set the national high school record in the 200-yard freestyle twice. Katie finished her high school career as the holder of the Stone Ridge school record in every swimming event except the 100-yard breaststroke.

Through the summer of 2012, she trained with the Nation's Capital Swim Club (formerly the Curl Burke Swim Club) under coach Yuri Suguiyama. Katie trained with the Nation's Capital Swim Club under coach Bruce Gemmell for the 2016 Rio Olympics. During the summers, she did swim for Palisades Swim Team in Bethesda.

Katie has accepted an athletic scholarship to attend Stanford University, where she swam for coach Greg Meehan's Stanford Cardinal women's swimming team for 2 years. As a freshman, Katie led the Stanford women to their first NCAA team championship in 19 years. In her sophomore year, Katie helped the Cardinal successfully defend that crown, with a 220-point margin of victory. In two seasons, Ledecky won eight NCAA titles and broke 11 American and 15 NCAA records — all while maintaining a 4.0 grade-point average.

Katie turned pro after the NCAA swim season ended in 2018. She will remain at Standford taking classes and swimming as she prepares for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

A legend in her time
Katie visits preschool

Katie visits Stone Ridge's Preschool classroom showing the children her five medals from the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Katie Ledecky and fan

Katie makes time for a young fan at a high school meet.

Katie Ledecky Stone Ridge co-captain

Stone Ridge Varsity Swim Team captains lead team cheers!
Photo Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post



 

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Katie Ledecky t-shirt

Career Highlights

Katie has broken 14 world records. Check out all the stats.

Leading up to Rio 2016 Summer Olympics

How Katie Ledecky became better at swimming than anyone is at anything
The Washington Post, June 24, 2016

Back to her roots: How Katie Ledecky became so dominant in the pool
Sports Illustrated, June 1, 2016

Our alumna making more waves in the news 2015

In Katie Ledecky’s Amazing Feats, Echoes of a Swimmer From the 1970s
New York Times, August 7, 2015

USA Swimming’s team director has never seen anything like Katie Ledecky
The Washington Post, August 6, 2015

Katie Ledecky pulls off the sports feat of the decade
USA Today, August 5, 2015

Andrew Seliskar and Katie Ledecky Crowned High School Swimmers of the Year
Swimming World Magazine, August 1, 2015

Katie's Swim Season - Senior Year 2014-2015

Metros: In farewell, Katie Ledecky breaks her national high school record in 200 free
The Washington Post, February 7, 2015

Katie Ledecky finishes high school career with Olympics, more world records in sight
The Washington Post, February 4, 2015

Swimming World, Swimmer of the Year
Swimming World, December 1, 2014

Katie Ledecky Earns Three Golden Goggle Awards
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.

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

USA Swimming Nationals: Katie Ledecky wins third consecutive 800-meter freestyle title
The Washington Post, August 6, 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

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 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 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

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

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

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

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

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

2012 Summer Olympics Video Coverage

Olympics 2012 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!

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 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

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

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

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 800m free at the USA Olympic Trials
  • Broke the USA Olympic Trials record in the 800m free
  • Has the 2nd fastest 800m free time this year
  • Has the 12th fastest 800m free of all time

Fun Stuff & Social Media

Follow Katie on twitter @KatieLedecky

Follow Katie on www.facebook.com/KatieLedecky

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 in 2012.

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.

Awards

Awards

Swimming World World Swimmer of the Year Award: 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
Swimming World American Swimmer of the Year Award: 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
FINA Swimmer of the Year: 2013
FINA Best Swimming Performance of the Year: 2015, 2016
Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year: 2017
L'Équipe Champion of Champions: 2014, 2017
Time 100: 2016 (youngest person on the list)[70][71]
USOC SportsWoman of the Year: 2012–13, 2016, 2017
USA Swimming Athlete of the Year: 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016[72]
USA Swimming Performance of the Year Award: 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
Golden Goggle Female Athlete of the Year: 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
Golden Goggle Female Race of the Year: 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
Golden Goggle Breakout Performer of the Year: 2012
Honda Sports Award Winner for NCAA Division I Swimming and Diving: 2016–17[73]
Honda Cup Winner: 2016–17[74]
Women's Sports Foundation Athlete of the Year (Individual Sport): 2017

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