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Meet Katie Ledecky, world’s fastest female swimmer 2021

Katie Ledecky
Katie Ledecky

Katie Ledecky.[Credit/yourswimlog.com]

Katie Ledecky whose full byline is Kathleen Genevieve Ledecky is an American competitive swimmer born on 17th March 1997 in Washington D.C. in the United States.

Her parents are David Ledecky and Mary Gen Ledecky.

The swimming prowess in Katie has made her record an impressive performance. Many people do not know about her because she has bagged five Olympic gold medals and 15 World Championship gold medals. This is the most in history for a female swimmer.

This year, Ledecky won the 200-meter freestyle at the TYR Pro Swim Series meet with the world’s fastest time. She recorded a 1 minute 54.40 second in the outdoor pool. She was well ahead of three-time Olympian Allison Schmitt, who was second in 1:58.04.

Katie’s world records include women’s 400, 800 and 1500 meter freestyle (long course). She also holds the fastest-ever times in the women’s 500, 1000 and 1650-yard freestyle events.

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In her international debut at the 2012 London Olympic Games as a 15-year-old, Ledecky unexpectedly won the gold medal in the women’s 800-metre freestyle.

“Four years later, she left Rio de Janeiro as the most decorated female athlete of the 2016 Olympic Games with four gold medals, one silver medal, and two world records. In total, she has won 34 medals (28 gold medals, 5 silvers, and 1 bronze) in major international competitions, spanning the Summer Olympics, World Championships, and Pan Pacific Championships. During her career, she has broken fourteen world records.”

Katie Ledecky the icon has earned titles out of her big talent which includes; Female World Swimmer of the Year, five times. She has also been named Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year in 2017, Female champion of Champions by L’Équipe in 2014 and 2017.

In the year 2013, 2016 and 2017, Katie bagged the United States Olympic Committee Female Athlete of the Year. She was also crowned Sportswoman of the Year by the Women’s Sports Foundation in 2017.

Ledecky’s 11 individual gold medals at the World Aquatics Championships and 15 combined individual titles at the Olympics and World Aquatics Championships are records in women’s swimming.

Big talents definitely come with big tokens in terms of salary. Katie’s net worth is also mouth-watering. According to reports, she has an estimated net worth of $ 4 million.

“Because she was still an NCAA student-athlete, Katie could not accept endorsement income or prize money from professional competition. However, in May 2018, Katie turned pro and signed her first major endorsement deal with swimwear company TYR. The deal will pay Katie $7 million over six years.”

Katie in collaboration with Panasonic launched a STEM education program in 2020 to support needy students.

“I am committed to using my platform to inspire and make a difference, and one way I believe I can make an impact is through access and exposure to STEM education,” Ledecky said. “I am thankful to my partner Panasonic, who supports this initiative and shares my vision of empowering the next generation of students to have opportunities in these important disciplines.” She said.

Ledecky has also offered support to several charities namely; Bikes for the World, Bring Back Our Girls, Catholic Charities, Children’s National and Ryan Seacrest Foundation.

Ledecky is surely a force to reckon with. She also has interests in Baseball, Basketball and Football.

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