Kathleen "Katie" Genevieve Ledecky (born 17 March 1997) is an American distance freestyler and 2012 Olympic gold medalist in the 800m freestyle. She swam the second-fastest swim of all time and set the American record in the Olympic final of the 800m freestyle in 8:14.63 at the 2012 London Olympic Games.
At 15 years old, she was the youngest member of the 2012 USA Olympic Team, including athletes from all sports and is considered the greatest female swimmer in the world today.
At the Olympics, Ledecky broke Janet Evans' American record of 8:16.22 that has stood since 1989 and improved her personal best from 8:19.78 to 8:14.63 in less than a month, boasting a drop of more than 39 seconds over past 2 years, and 15 seconds during the preceding 6 months.
At the 2013 FINA World Championships, she won 4 gold medals and set 2 world records (8:13 in 800m freestyle and 15:36 in 1500m freestyle) under the coaching of Bruce Gemmell at the Nation's Capital Swim Club.
2016 Arena Pro Swim Series at Austin Women’s 400m Freestyle Final
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