Winning one gold medal is a dream of many competitive athletes, and Katie Ledecky has been lucky to make this dream a reality, not once but several times. Impressive, right? The talented American swimmer holds the world record in the women's 1500, 800, and 400 meter freestyle.
Katie Ledecky has the most gold medals in history for a female swimmer. However, her journey has not been easy because the young athlete has worked hard to succeed in her career. Here are exciting details about Katie Ledecky, including her age, boyfriend, Olympics, world record, Katie Ledecky's 800 free time, and net worth.
Katie Ledecky's profile summary
- Full name: Kathleen Genevieve Ledecky
- Date of birth: March 17, 1997
- Place of birth: Washington, D.C.
- Zodiac sign: Pisces
- Katie Ledecky's age: 24 years old as of 2021
- Nationality: American
- Ethnicity: Mixed
- Descent: Czech
- Mother: Mary Gen (Hagan)
- Father: David Ledecky
- Siblings: Michael (Older brother)
- Uncle: Jon Ledecky (businessman and New York Islanders owner)
- Religion: Catholic
- Schools attended: Little Flower School, Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart, Stanford University
- Height: 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
- Weight: 160 lb (73 kilograms)
- Body measurements: Approximately 34-25-35
- Eye colour: Hazel green
- Hair colour: Blonde
- Instagram: @katieledecky
- Twitter: @katieledecky
- Relationship status: Single
- Net worth: $5 million
- Occupation: Swimmer
- Coaches: Yuri Suguiyama, Greg Meehan
- Famous for: Her success as a professional swimmer
Katie Ledecky's biography
Ledecky grew up in Bethesda, Maryland. Her paternal grandfather, Dr. Jaromír Ledecký PhD was born in Prague, Czechoslovakia, present-day Czech Republic. Mary Gen, Katie’s mother, is of Irish descent. So, exactly how old is Katie Ledecky? In 2021 she celebrated her 24th birthday.
Katie Ledecky's swimming career
Katie Ledecky's family contributed significantly to her swimming passion. Her older brother, Michael, and her mother (who swam for the University of New Mexico) influenced her to start swimming when she was only 6 years old.
Kathleen twice set the American and US Open record in the 500-yard freestyle and the national high school record in the 200-yard freestyle. She was a Stone Ridge school record holder in every swimming event apart from the 100 meter breaststroke.
Katie was the first woman to win four individual gold medals in one Pan Pacific Championship in 2014. Additionally, while swimming as a freshman for Katie Ledecky's college, Stanford University, Kathleen set 12 NCAA records and nine American records.
Ledecky was in the USA Olympic team in 2012, 2016, and 2021. Katie Ledecky's Olympic trials in Omaha, Nebraska, was her first senior national competition. She qualified for the Olympics by coming first in the 800 meter freestyle (8:19.78).
Katie Ledecky's 2012 Olympics participation made her the youngest American participant at the 2012 Olympic Games. She won her first international medal, the 800 free time women’s gold medal, in the finals of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, breaking Janet Evans' American record of 8:16.22 that had stood since 1989.
The athletic phenomenon won 4 gold medals, one silver medal, and two world records in the 2016 Olympics games. This was not the start of her career as altogether she has broken 14 world records and she is only getting better.
Katie Ledecky's 2021 Olympics categories are 200m, 400m, 800m, and 1500m. She won silver in the 400m freestyle finals, losing to Australia's Ariarne Titmus by .67. However, she won gold in the 1500 freestyle in 15: 37.34.
Katie Ledecky's world record
Katie has won 35 medals (29 golds, 5 silvers, and 1 bronze) in major international competitions such as World Championships, Summer Olympics, and Pan Pacific Championships. She has broken 14 world records, has 11 individual gold medals at the World Aquatics Championships and 15 combined individual titles at the Olympics and World Aquatics Championships.
Her world records with Katie Ledecky's times are:
- July 30, 2013 World Championships: 1500 m freestyle (15:36.53)
- August 3, 2013 World Championships: 800 m freestyle (8:13.86)
- June 19, 2014 TWST Senior Invitational: 1500 m freestyle (2) (15:34.23)
- June 22, 2014 TWST Senior Invitational: 800 m freestyle (2) (8:11.00)
- August 9, 2014 National Championships: 400 m freestyle (3:58.86)
- August 23, 2014 Pan Pacific Swimming Championships: 400 m freestyle (2) (3:58.37)
- August 24, 2014 Pan Pacific Swimming Championships: 1500 m freestyle (3)
- August 3, 2015 World Championships: 1500 m freestyle (4) (15:27.71)
- August 4, 2015 World Championships: 1500 m freestyle (5) (15:25.48)
- August 8, 2015 World Championships: 800 m freestyle (3) (8:07.39)
- January 17, 2016 Arena Pro Swim Series: 800 m freestyle (4) (8:06.68)
- August 12, 2016 Summer Olympics: 400 m freestyle (3:56.46)
- August 12, 2016 Summer Olympics: 800 m freestyle (8:04.79)
- May 16, 2018 TYR Pro Swim Series: Indianapolis 1500 m freestyle (15:20.48)
Her personal bests include:
- November 12, 2015 Arena Pro Swim Series: Minneapolis: 50 m freestyle (25.45)
- January 15, 2016 Arena Pro Swim Series: Austin: 100 m freestyle (53.75)
- August 9, 2016 Summer Olympics: 200 m freestyle (1:53.73)
- August 7, 2016 Summer Olympics: 400 m freestyle (3:56.46)
- May 13, 2016 Atlanta Classic Swim Meet: Atlanta 400 m individual medley (4:37.93)
Her other recurring achievements include:
- 2012–13, 2016, 2017: USOC: Sports Woman of the Year
- 2013 to 2018: Swimming World magazine, World Swimmer of the Year (apart from 2017) and American Swimmer of the Year
- 2013 to 2018: Golden Goggle Female Athlete of the Year
- 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018: USA Swimming Athlete of the Year
- 2014 and 2017: L'Équipe: Champion of Champions
- 2015, 2016: FINA: Best Swimming Performance of the Year
- 2016–17:Honda Sports Award: Winner for NCAA Division I Swimming and Diving
- 2017–2018: Academic All-America-Team Member of the Year, Division I
Katie Ledecky's boyfriend
Is Katie Ledecky married? No. According to Distractify, the athlete is currently single and focusing on her career.
Katie Ledecky's net worth
Celebrity Net Worth reports that the 24-year-old swimmer is worth $5 million. Other than participating in competitions, she earns money through endorsements. For example, she has signed a $7 million deal over six years with swimwear company TYR.
Katie Ledecky is a successful swimmer with an unmatched record. Holding the fastest-ever times in the women's 1650, 1500, 1000, and 500 yard freestyle competitions. At her age, she still has several years to make a mark in the swimming world that only a few can dare to dream of. We wish her all the best in her career and life.
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