Katie Ledecky is hitting Michael Phelps levels of success. Yeah… you heard that right. Ledecky won her fourth straight 1,500-meter freestyle at the world swimming championships. She did so with a time of 15:30.15.
Ledecky has been dominating the women’s swimming scene, since she first appeared at the U.S. Olympic Trials in 2012 at only 15 years old. Ledecky has amassed numerous accolades including 7 Olympic gold medals and 3 silvers in her career. She has also accumulated 13 world championship gold medals. This type of success has placed her in the realm of U.S. swimming great’s Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte.
Katie Ledecky is only trailing Ryan Lochte and Michael Phelps in swimming’s career gold medal count. While Lochte is still competing, Phelps is retired, opening the door for Ledecky to make a run at history. Ledecky who is 25, despite being a 10-year veteran still has quite a bit of time left in her career barring injury or any other major setbacks. We will see Ledecky compete in the 2024 Paris Olympic games, and potentially even the 2028 Games hosted on American turf in Los Angeles. This would give her a clear path to continue to set a plethora of record times, record number of medals, and overall dominance of women’s swimming for perhaps another decade.
Ledecky showed no signs of slowing down as she won the Women’s 1500-meter freestyle by an impressive 14.74 seconds over fellow American, Katie Grimes. Grimes is also a young, budding star as she is also only 16 years old. Between these two women, we could see an American chokehold over the sport for the next ten to fifteen years.
Ledecky will continue to compete in United States championships, World Championships, and Olympic Games over the next few years. It is about time to just sit back and watch history be made.
Written by Nathan Massey-KZRG