Katie Ledecky named Female Olympic Athlete of the Year

Stanford sophomore Katie Ledecky continues to wrack up records and honors.  On Wednesday, Ledecky was named Female Olympic Athlete of the Year by the United States Olympic Committee.

Ledecky, a five-time Olympic gold medalist and 14-time world champion, is the first woman to be honored three times overall (2012-13, 2016, 2017) with the USOC’s annual Female Athlete of the Year award since its inception in 1974.

She joins Lindsay Vonn (2009 and 2010) and Jackie Joyner-Kersee (1986 and 1987) as the only other female athletes to receive the award in consecutive years. Other two-time winners of the award (non-consecutively) were Tracy Caulkins, Bonnie Blair, Picabo Street, and Katie Hoff.

From the release:

“I am very honored and grateful to receive this recognition from the U.S. Olympic Committee and also wish to thank USA Swimming and all of the fans who supported Team USA throughout the year.  Thanks also to my coaches and teammates–all of whom make it such a privilege to compete for Team USA and Stanford.”

The only question now is whether Ledecky ultimately goes down as the best female athlete in any sport ever? The Bethesda, Maryland native isn’t merely breaking records, she is sometimes shattering them beyond recognition.

Ledecky’s 10 individual gold medals at the World Aquatics Championships and 14 combined individual titles at the Olympics and World Aquatics Championships are records in women’s swimming. In 2016, Ledecky was the youngest person on Time  magazine’s Time 100 list. After helping the Stanford women’s swimming and diving team win the 2016-17 NCAA title, Ledecky became the first freshman in 35 years to receive the Honda Cup.

Ledecky and Stanford have upcoming home meets against Arizona ( Jan. 19) and Arizona State ( Jan. 20).

With so much greatness going on in the pool, it’s also cool to see Ledecky enjoying her time as a college student.

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