Stone Ridge Student Wins Gold at Olympics
Jul 17, 2012
Katie Ledecky, the youngest U.S. swim team member at age 15, won the gold medal in the 800-meter freestyle final at the 2012 London Olympics. Ledecky, a sophomore at the Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart, broke the 23 year old American record previously held by Janet Evans and came within a second of breaking the world record for the 800-meter free. When asked about Beating Evan's time, Ledecky stated, "To break that record is really cool and really special." Ledecky finished the race in 8 minutes and 14.63 seconds, well ahead of her competitors. She is the second youngest American woman to win an individual gold medal, only 77 days older than Beth Botsford, the youngest female Olympian who competed in the 100-meter backstroke at the 1996 Atlanta games.
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