Five-time Olympic gold medalist and two-time Olympian ... One of just four American women to win four gold medals at a single Olympics; won gold in the 200m, 400m and 800m freestyle events and 800m free relay at the 2016 Olympic Games ... Added silver in the 400m free relay ... Joined Debbie Meyer (1968) as the only women to win the 200m, 400m and 800m freestyle at the same Olympic Games ... Bested
her own world records with swims of 3:56.46 in the 400m free and 8:04.79 in the 800m free in Rio de Janeiro ... Won the 200m, 400m and 800m free at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials to qualify for her second Olympic Games appearance ... Set 11th career world record at the 2016 Arena Pro Swim Series at Austin, swimming the 800m free in 8:06.68 on Jan. 17 ... Won five gold medals at the 2015 FINA World Championships, becoming the first swimmer to win 200-, 400-, 800-, and 1500-meter freestyles in a major competition ... Also won gold in the 800m free relay and broke her own world records in the 800m and 1500m free ... At 2014 AT&T Winter Nationals, won the 200y, 500y and broke her own American record in the 1650y free with a time of 15:13.30 ... At the 2014 Pan Pacific Championships, became the first woman to win four individual gold medals as she topped the podium in the 200m, 400m, 800m and 1500m free and added gold in the 800m free relay … Over the final two nights of competition at Pan Pacs, broke her 400m free record by nearly a half second with a time of 3:58.37 and took an six seconds off her 1500m free record with at time of 15:28.36 … Set a world record of 3:58.86 in the 400m free at 2014 Phillips 66 Nationals … Also won national titles in the 200m free and 800m free to secure a spot on the Pan Pacs roster … Eclipsed her own world records in the 1500- and 800-meter free at the 2014 Woodlands Swim Team Senior Invitational in Shenandoah, Texas, with times of 15:34.23 and 8:11:00, respectively ... Broke the American record in the 1650y free by nine seconds at 2013 AT&T Winter Nationals with a time of 15:15.17 ... Also added a win in the 500y free and a runner-up finish in the 200y free ... Won four gold medals and set world records in the 800m free (8:13.86) and 1500m free (15:36.53) at the 2013 FINA World Championships ... Broke the 1500m free record by more than six seconds ... Also set an American record en route to gold in the 400m free with a time of 3:59.82 ... Fourth gold came as a member of the 800m free relay ... Won the FINA Trophy as the highest scoring female swimmer at the 2013 World Championships ... Qualified for the 2013 FINA World Championships with wins in the 400m, 800m and 1500m free at 2013 Phillips 66 Nationals ... Broke Janet Evans' 1988 meet record with a time of 15:47.15 at 2013 Nationals and also established a personal best of 4:04.05 in the 400m free ... Also placed second in the 200m free at 2013 Nationals ... Won gold in the 800m free at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, breaking Janet Evans' 1989 American record with a time of 8:14.63 ... Qualified for the 2012 Olympic Team by finishing first in the 800m free at Trials.
2016: Gold, 200m FR; Gold, 400m FR; Gold, 800m FR; Gold, 800m FR-R; Silver, 400m FR-R ... 2012: Gold, 800m FR
World Champs History
2015: Gold, 200m FR; Gold, 400m FR; Gold, 800m FR; Gold, 1500m FR; Gold, 800m FR-R ... 2013: Gold, 400m FR; Gold, 800m FR; Gold, 1500m FR; Gold, 800m FR-R
Pan Pacs History
2014: Gold, 200m FR; Gold, 400m FR; Gold, 800m FR; Gold, 1500m FR; Gold, 800m FR-R
Duel in the Pool History
2013: 6th, 400m FR; 2nd, 200m FR; 6th, 200m FL
Olympic Trials History
2016: 1st, 200m FR; 1st, 400m FR; 1st, 800m FR; 7th, 100m FR ... 2012: 1st, 800m FR; 3rd, 400m FR; 9th, 200m FR
U.S. Nationals History
2014: 1st, 200m FR, 1st, 400m FR (WR); 1st, 800m FR ... 2013: 1st, 400m FR; 1st, 800m FR; 1st, 1500m FR; 2nd, 200m FR
She is the current World Record holder in the 400m, 800m and 1500m free. She is also the current American Record holder in the 400m, 800m and 1500m free. She is the current American Record holder in the 500y and 1650y free.
2016 U.S. Olympic Committee Female Athlete of the Olympic Games ... 2016 FINA Female Top Olympic Performer ... Four-time USA Swimming Athlete of the Year (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016); First swimmer to win the award in four consecutive years ... Winner of the USA Swimming Golden Goggle Awards Female Race of the Year for 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 ... Four-time Golden Goggle Awards winner for Female Athlete of the Year (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016) ... 2013 FINA Female Athlete of the Year for Swimming ... Named 2012-13 Female Olympic SportsWoman of the Year by the U.S. Olympic Committee
Current world record holder in the 400m, 800m and 1500m freestyles ... American record holder in the 500y, 1000y and 1650y freestyles.
Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart '15
David and Mary Gen Ledecky ... mother swam at University of New Mexico
One older brother, Michael, was also a swimmer ... He is a 2016 graduate of Harvard College
Age 6 ... started swimming with brother for summer league swim team, Palisades
Ledecks, Ledeckster, Deckster
Hobbies Outside the Pool
Volunteering, Scrabble, chess, piano
Catholic Charities, Shepherd's Table, Bikes for the World and Wounded Warriors
Wake up at 4 a.m.; swim practice 5-7 a.m.; Dryland training 11 a.m. to noon (3 days/week); Swim practice 3:30-6 p.m.
Sports Teams: Washington Capitals and New York Islanders ... Most Inspirational Athlete: Wounded Warrior athletes at Walter Reed base in Bethesda ... Favorite musicians: The Beatles, Bruce Springsteen, Taylor Swift, Train, Gavin DeGraw ...