Katie LEDECKY

United States of America USA

Swimming

  • Olympic Medals
    7 G
    3 S
  • Games participations
    3
  • First Olympic Games
    London 2012
  • Year of Birth
    1997
Olympic Results

Biography

Katie LEDECKY

It can not be easy to be billed as a future female Michael Phelps. But after pulling off a surprise gold medal at London 2012 at the age of 15, and a subsequent five golds at the 2015 Worlds, it was perhaps no surprise that the Washington swimmer ended up being the second most-decorated Olympian in Rio 2016 after the pool legend and USA flag bearer she’s oft-compared to.

Ledecky’s London performance remains astonishing. Having qualified for the 800m freestyle final third overall, she surprised the field by taking gold in the final by more than four seconds – and breaking an American record that had stood since 1989.

Going into the Rio Games, then, a lot was expected – and Ledecky didn’t disappoint. She bagged the 200m, 400m, 800m and 4x200m freestyle (two of them in World Record times), fending off incredibly tough competition from the likes of Sarah Sjostrom.

“She’s always pursuing her personal best with fury,” says Dave Marsh, coach of the U.S. Olympic women’s team. “Where’s the fury coming from? We don’t know, but the stove is running hot.”

Ledecky is the current world record holder in the women’s 400m, 800m and 1500m freestyle – breaking the latter record as recently as 2018.

In Tokyo, she added to her five Olympic golds by winning the 800m and the inaugural women's 1500m freestyle, which along with her 15 World Championship titles make her female swimming’s most decorated athlete.

Can she keep going, through Paris 2024 and perhaps to a home Games at LA28, and truly emulate Phelps? Already 24, it’s a huge ask to maintain such levels for another two or three Olympics like Phelps – but Ledecky certainly has ambition.

Don’t bet against it happening. Ledecky is a swimmer on a mission – and the stove looks like it is going to run hot for some time yet.

Olympic Results

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Tokyo 2020

G
Women's 1500m Freestyle
Women's 1500m Freestyle Swimming
#5
Women's 200m Freestyle
Women's 200m Freestyle Swimming
S
Women's 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay
Women's 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay Swimming
S
Women's 400m Freestyle
Women's 400m Freestyle Swimming
G
Women's 800m Freestyle
Women's 800m Freestyle Swimming
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Rio 2016

G
200 metres Freestyle
200 metres Freestyle Swimming
S
4 x 100 metres Freestyle Relay
4 x 100 metres Freestyle Relay Swimming
G
4 x 200 metres Freestyle Relay
4 x 200 metres Freestyle Relay Swimming
G
400 metres Freestyle
400 metres Freestyle Swimming
G
800 metres Freestyle
800 metres Freestyle Swimming
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

London 2012

G
800 metres Freestyle
800 metres Freestyle Swimming

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