An Olympian comes back home after winning five gold medals abroad and setting world records in swimming.
Katie Ledecky, a Bethesda native, recently won five gold medals at the FINA World Championships and set multiple records in the process.
Ledecky attended Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart, setting records at the school and broke six records in her swimming team and in her school’s pool.
She won a gold medal in the 800-meter freestyle in the 2012 London Olympics, with a time of 8:14.63 at the age of 15.
Last year she became the first woman to break the 4:30 mark in the 500-meter freestyle, and most recently she set a world record in the 1500-meter freestyle earlier this month, with a time of 15:29.48.
“She approaches each day with a killer instinct,” said Michael Ledecky, Katie’s brother.
Michael was the inspiration for Katie to start swimming; she started when she was six. In a year, she’ll swim for Stanford.
“The combination of great academics and a great swim program, and I can really see myself training and swimming at the Stanford campus,” said Katie Ledecky about choosing Stanford.
Katie Ledecky might look towards Michael as a role model, but sometimes roles reverse.
“At some times I look up to my sister in some ways,” said Michael Ledecky.
Eight to nine times a week, she trains in the pool, two to three times a week outside of the pool, with each practice lasting two hours.
“I just want to continue to find ways to improve,” said Katie Ledecky.
With the success of this year, Katie shows no signs of stopping anytime soon.
She’s training for the Olympic Team Trials in Omaha, Nebraska. The trials will have approximately 1,400 swimmers vying for a spot on the Olympic team that will head to the games next year in Rio de Janeiro.
“It was a great summer and I’m excited how I did but I’m also looking for the future and next year and the next couple years,” said Katie Ledecky.