Height: 5' 11"
Hometown: Bethesda, Maryland
Age: 24 Years
Some Lesser Known Facts About Katie Ledecky
- Does Katie Ledecky smoke?: Not Known
- Does Katie Ledecky drink alcohol?: Not Known
- Katie Ledecky, the Olympic gold medalist has been the world champion for nine times.
- She dominates the freestyle swimming like a queen and is the current world record holder for the long course 400, 800 and 1500 m freestyle events.
- She also has recorded the fastest time for the 500, 1000 and 1650 yards freestyle swimming.
- Katie won her first gold medal only when she was 15 years old and recorded the second highest time for the 800 m event.
- In total, she has won fifteen medals, out of which, all were just gold. During her short, yet successful career, she has broken 11 world records.
- She has swim-picked these medals in the international events at the Olympics, World Championships and the Pan-Pacific Championships.
- She has been titled as the “World Swimmer of the Year” and American Swimmer of the Year for three consecutive years from 2013, 2014 and 2015. She was also awarded as the FINA Swimmer of the Year in 2013.
- L’Équipe titled her the international Champion of Champions in 2014. Also, she was the youngest person to be on Time 100 list of Time magazine.
- It is commendable to win seven individual gold medals like Katie did in the World Aquatic Championships. No wonder it is a record in women’s swimming.
- She started swimming at the age of six as her brother’s influence inspired her to swim.
- Ledecky was outstanding in swimming while her school life. She set several American, US Open and school records. She set record in all the swimming events in Stone Ridge School except in the 100 m backstroke.
- Ledecky has already accepted the scholarship from the Stanford University to attend the course and swim for coach Greg Meehan’s “Stanford Cardinal” swimming team for women.
- About her achievements in the 2012 Olympics, she said, “I knew if I put my mind to it, I could do it,” “I wasn’t intimidated at all.” Katie was the youngest person person to participate in the 2012 Olympics, at the age of 15 years.
- She is gonna be in the spotlight in Rio because of her outstanding record. She has also tied time with the legendary Michael Phelps in the 400-meter freestyle heats at Pro Swim Series at Mesa, Ariz. They recorded same time with a gap of 35 mins in their performances.
- It comes as no surprise looking at her skill that she does more sessions than most of the swimmers. She does 8-9 sessions a week and swims 8000 m in 2.5 hours.
- Ledecky has a ritual to clap three times before she jumps into the water. But once, she was not able to do that because she could not hear the starter because of the noise from the crowd supporting the brit swimmer Rebecca Adlington. She jumped with everyone without the ritual, proving that no ritual is bigger than determination, hardwork and faith; as she finished first.
- Katie does not let her success define her. She said, “Working hard and doing everything I can to be successful should be my identity.”
- The best active distance swimmer of United States, Connor Jaegar said, “What makes Katie so remarkable is just how insatiable she is, she always wants more.”
- Swimmers feel like they are just swimming for the second and third positions only, if Katie keeps on doing what she is doing.
- She is a news nerd and has been following the presidential races all through.
- Ledecky had broke an arm while playing basketball when she was in fourth grade as she slipped over a sweaty spot in the court.
- She has been setting goals for herself that look ridiculous when she sets them, but start to seem reasonable as she starts working towards them.
- She is fierce in the water and won’t have pity on guys, even if their male egos hurt, but she is very sweet outside the water. “So calm, so reserved, so humble,” teammate DiRado said. “She’s a goofy, sweet, smart girl.” She keeps the goofy part to her friends and teammates.
- She does not take pressure about the Olympics and doesn’t really care if it’s the Olympics or a School competition. She gets excited about all of the.
- She gives guys a run for their swim. Ryan Lochte agrees to this as he said “She swims like a guy. Her stroke, her mentality: She’s so strong in the water. I’ve never seen a female swimmer like that. She gets faster every time she gets in, and her times are becoming good for a guy. She’s beating me now, and I’m, like, ‘What is going on?”
- In Tokyo Olympics 2020, she lost to Australia’s Ariarne Titmus in 400m freestyle. Although it was the second-fastest time she swam, she had to settle for Silver.