Last night, Olympic swimmer and the D.C. area’s very own Katie Ledecky shattered the world record in the 400-meter freestyle, taking home a gold medal. She swam eight laps in the professional-sized pool (which is 16 laps in a normal neighborhood pool) in 3:56:46
The craziest part? The record she destroyed by almost two seconds was HER OWN. In long distance races like the 400, 800, and 1,500, Ledecky has virtually zero competitors but herself. She’s an athletic marvel… scratch that… she’s our athletic marvel.
Ledecky, 19, was born in D.C., lives in Bethesda, and still practices in the District. She swims with her coach nearly 30 hours a week at the Nation’s Capital Swim Club. Throughout her career, she has won seventeen medals in major international competitions.
She’s heading to Stanford for college, but took two classes at Georgetown University this year. According to a Vogue story, she loves to eat at The Tombs, a neighborhood classic.
There must be something in the D.C. waters, because Katie is slated to get the gold in multiple races during the Rio games. We’ll be here cheering her on, hoping that her athleticism rubs off on us from the couch.