WOW! Katie Ledecky Ties Michael Phelps’ Record as Dominant Form Continues

Published 12/10/2021, 8:00 AM EST
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – AUGUST 13: Olympic swimmer Katie Ledecky rings the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange on August 13, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images)

When Michael Phelps retired from the pool, team USA lost a legendary swimmer. He dominated the swimming pool for a long time, winning 23 gold medals in his career. Moreover, he won eight gold medals at the Beijing Olympics in 2008, announcing himself as the most successful swimmer in the sport. As he left the swimming pool for good, he left a huge void with his departure. However, some would say the pool has found its perfect replacement in Katie Ledecky.

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After winning two gold medals and two silver medals at the Tokyo Olympics, Ledecky received worldwide attention. Now, she has gone ahead and tied Phelps’ swimming athlete of the year award, winning it a record seven times.

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Katie Ledecky ties Phelps’ record

The talented swimmer was honored with the ‘ Female athlete of the year’ award on Tuesday night at Golden Goggles in Miami. With that, she tied the record of Michael Phelps, winning the award a record 7 times. Notably, Katie won her signature events at Tokyo Olympics; the 800-meters and the 1500-meters. Although she could not win the 400-meters, she still finished with a silver medal at that event.

An honored Ledecky took to Twitter, expressing her emotions following her award.

“Thanks @USASwimming and the @SwimFoundation for a nice Golden Goggles in Miami! Great to be back with the Tokyo team and the USA Swimming family celebrating this past year. Thankful for the support from so many of you!” she said.

Notably, she previously won the award consecutively from 2013 to 2018. As for Phelps, he won the award back in 2004, 2007, 2008, 2012, 2014, 2015, and 2016. Still 24, it is likely that she would further extend her record in the coming years. Not to mention, she defeated Lydia Jacoby, Lilly King, and Regan Smith for the award.

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Caeleb Dressel wins Male athlete of the year

In the meantime, the male swimming athlete of the year went to Caeleb Dressel. This is the third time he won the award. Notably, he won five gold medals in Tokyo, becoming the deserving candidate of the honor. With Bobby Finke, Chase Kalisz, and Ryan Murphy being the contenders for the award, Dressel took home the prize for his sensational performances in Tokyo. The other awards went to Lydia Jacoby for Breakout Performer and Annie Lazor for Perseverance Award.

TOKYO, JAPAN – AUGUST 01: Gold medalist Caeleb Dressel of Team United States poses with the gold medal for the Men’s 50m Freestyle Final on day nine of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Tokyo Aquatics Centre on August 01, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

However, the night belonged to Katie Ledecky. With Paris Olympics 2024 in three years from now, do you think Katie will repeat her heroics from Tokyo?

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Jacob Gijy is a US Sports and NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Gijy finished his Masters in Counselling Psychology and worked in a hospital for 2 years before his passion for sports compelled him to find his way to sports journalism. A fan of the great Tim Duncan, he is always ready to pick up a debate with anyone who does not offer the center the respect he deserves.

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