“She’s That Kind of Person”: US Olympic Gold Medalist Decodes Katie Ledecky’s Swimming Legacy

Published 12/04/2023, 7:30 AM EST

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Katie Ledecky‘s 2023 season has come out as it should be for the swimming legend. At first, she continued her form in the US Trials in June. Later, Katie’s stint in the 2023 World Aquatics Swimming Championship saw her go past Michael Phelps’ record of bagging the most number of World Championship titles. Among all these epitomes of her swimming prowess, Katie Ledecky’s humane character was also noticed. 

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Recently, Cody Miller took to IG to share his encounter with Katie Ledecky. The description sheds light on some unknown facts about both the swimming phenom’s characters. 

Cody Miller praises Katie’s character 

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In the IG post, Cody Miller spoke highly of Katie Ledecky’s humane sides. He explained his meeting with the Olympic Gold medalist when she was at the brink of the pre-event moments. But that couldn’t stop Katie Ledecky from greeting Cody and his 2-year-old son, Axel. Amused by Katie’s confidence and compassion, Cody Miller stated, Katie is the type of person that everyone should look up to“. His IG post went viral with the caption, Ledecky is the GOAT

 

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Talking about Katie Ledecky’s confidence, Cody explained that he never preferred to have a conversation with anyone in his pre-swimming event moment of 30 minutes. But he was awestruck after watching her confidence level on the eve of the 2023 US Trials at Indianapolis. After defying that kind of 30-minute ritual, Katie went on to win the gold medal in that trial. 

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Katie Ledecky explains her meeting with Michael Phelps 

Katie Ledecky has been keeping Michael Phelps in high regard since she got to know about the Baltimore Bullet. This journey started when Katie was just 9 years old. At that age, she even tried to get the swimming legend’s autograph when she queued to see him once in a swimming clinic. However, she had to wait several years to get Michael Phelps’s autograph. But the waiting seemed to come out nicely when Katie Ledecky shared the same screen with Michael Phelps before the London Olympics. 

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The London Olympics proved Katie’s contention to be GOAT firmly. But the 26-year-old swimming phenomenon was happy to win the gold before her idol, Michael Phelps. She emphatically narrated,He gave me a high-five right before my race, which made me flash back to those moments.”  Surely, Katie Ledecky has shared several moments of being the GOAT in the swimming arena for quite a time. But her fandom or human character has never become less attractive. 

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Prasun Chakrabarty

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Hello there! I am Prasun Chakrabarty, an Olympics sports writer at EssentiallySports. Being an adrenaline junkie, I take a keen interest in creating insights about various avenues of the sporting realm. As an ardent swimming enthusiast, I take inspiration from the Baltimore Bullet Michael Phelps and love to create insights on various nooks and crannies around the turquoise turf.
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Sampurna Pal

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