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Katie Ledecky Earns Athlete of the Year and Performance of the Year Honors at USA Swimming Convention

Katie Ledecky Earns Athlete of the Year and Performance of the Year Honors at USA Swimming Convention

ATLANTA – Five-time Olympic gold medalist Katie Ledecky (Bethesda, Md./Nation’s Capital Swim Club) was named USA Swimming Athlete of the Year for a record fourth consecutive year and earned the Phillips 66 Performance Award for the fifth straight occasion after a world-record swim in the 800-meter freestyle at the 2016 Olympic Games.

The awards were among the 17 presented at the United States Aquatic Sports Convention in downtown Atlanta.

With four gold medals and a silver medal, for the best performance by a female, at this summer’s Olympic Games, Ledecky once again made history. She became one of just four American women to win four gold medals at a single Olympics, and joined Debbie Meyer (1968) as the only women to win the 200m, 400m and 800m freestyle at the same Games. Ledecky added gold in the 4x200m free relay and silver in the 4x100m free relay, swimming the anchor leg in each race. She also 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.

In her award-winning 800m free performance in Rio, Ledecky led wire-to-wire with incredibly consistent splits until closing with a 28.99 final 50 meters to touch 11 seconds clear of the field. The victory gave Ledecky her fourth gold medal in Rio and her fifth world-record swim in the 800m free since 2013.

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