Katie Ledecky, the 15-year-old phenom, won Gold last night in the most exciting long-distance swim race for the US in over 20 years. Breaking Janet Evan’s 1989 American 800-meter freestyle record of 8:16.22, Ledecky returned the gold to the US after an eight year shut out by Japan (Ai Shibata, 2004) and Britain (Rebecca Adlington, 2008). A full two seconds ahead of her nearest competitor and just 53 milliseconds behind the world record set by Adlington, Ledecky has proven that the future of swimming greatness is here! Alongside teammates Missy Franklin and Elizabeth Beisel, Ledecky harkens a new golden era of American Olympians.
I screamed, I hooted, I hollered when Ledecky cruised into the history books.
As the youngest member of the entire American Olympic Team in all sports, Katie Ledecky has yet again given credence to Kate-Book’s belief that there really is something in a name. Pluck, tenacity, and boundless courage live in the heart of Katies.
You represent our name and United States so well.