Katie Ledecky

Kathleen Genevieve Ledecky ( born March 17, 1997, Washington, DC) is an American swimmer. She took the youngest participant of the United States participated in the 2012 Summer Olympics and won on August 3rd in the 800 meters freestyle gold medal by defeating all of the favorites, a long time was on world record pace and off the U.S. record also broke the total American record.

Life and career

Katie Ledecky was founded in 1997 as the daughter of David and Mary gene Ledecky in the U.S. capital, Washington, DC born. Her mother was already active as a swimmer at the University of New Mexico, brought it but to no appreciable performance or competition participation. Even her older brother Michael, who attended Harvard College from the fall of 2012, is float. Your career in swimming began the young American woman at the age of six years; with her older brother took her back in Summer League Swim Team participate. In her age group, she sat over the years 2011 and 2012 several new records and took from late June to early July at the United States Olympic Trials, the swimming qualifying tournament of the United States, in the CenturyLink Center Omaha in Omaha, Nebraska part. This was also their first competition in adult sports, after it was previously used exclusively in the youth field.

In the qualification itself Ledecky sat with a time of 8:19.78 by clear and had a lead of more than two seconds for the runner-up Kate Ziegler. In Omaha Ledecky was also third on 400 -meter freestyle ( 4:05:00 ) and Ninth 's 200m freestyle ( 1:58.66 ). Her third place in the discipline 400 meters freestyle is the fastest time ever by a 15 - or 16 -year-old was swum American. So they broke into their national age group record of Janet Evans, who had already been in 24 years. At 15, Katie Ledecky was the youngest participant of the United States at the Summer Olympics in 2012.

At the Olympics, she took on August 2 at the heats in the 800 meters freestyle in part and came up with in their group with a time of 8:23.84 in the first place and had in the overall behind Rebecca Adlington and Lotte Friis, the third fastest time be presented. In the main event on the following day, the 15 -year-old was able to beat all the favorites, the majority of the race was on world record pace and presented with a time of 8:14.63 a new U.S. record and a pan- American record. So they broke the since August 20, 1989 by Janet Evans and existing at the Pan Pacific Swimming Championships in Tokyo in 1989 established record of 8:16:22 by almost two seconds. Your personal best while they increased within just one month to five seconds.

At the time of her part in the Olympics, she belonged to the Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart in Bethesda, Maryland, they are likely terminates in 2015. She trains in the Curl Burke Swim Club under their coach Yuri Suguiyama and swimming in the summer for the Palisades Swim Team in Bethesda.