Katie Ledecky Named AP Female Athlete of the Year

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Olympic gold medalist Katie Ledecky was named the Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year on Tuesday according to a report by NBC Washington. Ledecky is the eighth female swimmer to win the award and the first swimmer to take the honor since 1996, when Amy Van Dyken was named athlete of the year.

Ledecky was named the winner after balloting by U.S. editors and news directors where she received 351 points, just beating out tennis star Serena Williams who earned 343. Olympic track star Allyson Felix was third with 248.

Ledecky broke out on the international stage in 2012, shocking the swimming world when she won gold and set a world record in the 800 freestyle at the London Olympics when she was just 15-years-old. Since then she has won 5 Olympic golds, 14 World Championship titles, and broken 13 world records.

Most recently she competed at the 2017 FINA World Championships in Budapest, where she became the record for most World Championship gold medals by a female athlete. While Ledecky did not set any personal best times at the meet, she nonetheless left with six medals (5 gold, 1 silver), her biggest ever haul at an international meet.

In the middle of her sophomore year at Stanford, the 20-year-old just set a new American record in the 1650 freestyle at the Art Adamson Invite in November, shaving a little more than half a second off her previous record with a 15:03.31.

You can read the original report from NBC Washington detailing Ledecky’s award here.

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Glen Osborne
6 years ago

Congratulations on your well earned success! Happy 2018

Cecilia Mancin
6 years ago

Very proud of be a Katie Ledecky Fan

Isabelle Fraser
6 years ago

She deserves it!

Cecilia Mancin
6 years ago

Valentina Novarini Carolina Aguzzi

Valentina Novarini
6 years ago
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Carolina Aguzzi
6 years ago
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Cecilia Mancin almeno durante le vacanza lasciami vivere senza KL grazieeeee

Cecilia Mancin
6 years ago
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Questo è il mio regalo di Natale per te

Thomas A. Small
6 years ago

Katie congratulations

Bob McKeon
6 years ago

well done

Albert Alejo
6 years ago

Congrats, well deserved Katie!!

Armand Vanegas
6 years ago


Genaro Gonzalez
6 years ago

Marco Beltran Bernal ?

Jerry McLain
6 years ago

Great pick!

Cindy Ault Kittrell
6 years ago

Well deserved!

Mica Botha
6 years ago

Such an awesome swimmer- am a huge fan! Congratulations!

Ibolya Garai
6 years ago


Boyet Delfino
6 years ago

Congratulations,Katie! =)

6 years ago

Congratulations Katie! You are an inspiration!

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