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Katie Ledecky


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Team USA




27 years


Lifestyle & Culture





What makes Katie Ledecky a Global Shaker?

Katie Ledecky may be just 22 years old, but she’s already the most decorated female swimmer of all time. In 2019 she continued her momentum by winning gold in the 800m freestyle at the World Swimming Championships.

She’s the 14x World Record Breaker in 400m, 800m, 1500m freestyle. She represented the US at the 2012 at 15 years old, unexpectedly winning gold in the women’s 800m freestyle. She returned for the 2016 Olympics, after which her tally sits at five Olympic golds and 15 world championship golds. Ledecky has also won Swimming World’s Female World Swimmer of the Year a record-breaking five times.

Ledecky has a particular interest in STEM education. “I am committed to using my platform to inspire and make a difference, and one way I believe I can make an impact is through access and exposure to #STEM education,” she said in an interview at technology conference ces2020.

“People always think that swimming comes first,” she adds in a video setting out a new collaboration with technology giant Panasonic. “But for me and my family, education has always been my number one priority.

“Any opportunity I have to inspire young kids to pursue their passions [is one] I’m going to take.”

Tags: Athlete, sports, Swimming, USA

Last updated: April 6, 2020