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Katie Ledecky Michael Phelps Crowned Female and Male Athletes of the Olympic Games

Katie Ledecky Michael Phelps Crowned Female and Male Athletes of the Olympic Games

The Team USA Awards presented by Dow, Best of the Games, kicked off today at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. Athletes from a wide variety of sports were on hand for a walk down the red carpet with three-time Olympic swimmers Elizabeth Beisel and Allison Schmitt playing host. The dynamic duo grabbed as many Olympic and Paralympic athletes as they could for fun, quick interviews.

Awards for the following categories were announced:

Katie Ledecky was named Female Athlete of the Olympic Games after her dominating performances in Rio. Ledecky became the second person in history to sweep the 200-400-800 freestyles, while posting new World Records in both the 800 and 1500. Additionally, the distance queen showed some versatility on the first day of competition when she anchored Team USA to a silver medal in the 4×100 freestyle relay.

Michael Phelps earned the Male Athlete of the Olympic Games award as he continued to solidify his position as the Greatest Olympic Athlete of All time in Rio. Phelps added five gold medals and one silver to his medal collection bringing the total number of medals in his collection to an astonishing 23 gold and 28 total Olympic medals. While in Rio Phelps became the first Olympic swimmer to win an event four-peat an event winning the 200 Individual Medley at the 2004-2008-2012-2016 Olympic Games, and was part of a historic three-way tie for silver in the men’s 100 fly with South Africa’s Chad le Clos and Hungary’s Laszlo Cseh.

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