Katie Ledecky, the 20 year old Bethesda born swimmer was just named The Associated Press’s “Female Athlete of the Year”. She has dominated international swimming competitions all year as she did back in the 2016 Olympic Games.

Young, But not to be Messed With

Ledecky may be just 20, but she has been one of the biggest female athletes since she was even younger. She was just 15 years old when she made her Olympic debut in the 2012 London Games. In these games she won her first gold medal in the 800-Meter freestyle.

She returned four years later to Rio and absolutely crushed the competition. By the end of the games, she had four more Olympic gold medals. When combined with her other medals (for a total of 24 gold medals and 2 silver) Ledecky became the most decorated female swimmer.

Ledecky still holds the world record for the fastest time ever in the 500, 1000, and 1650 yard free style events. In addition, she was named the United States Olympic Committee Female Athlete of the Year in 2013, 2016, and 2017 as well as the Sportswoman of the Year by the Women’s Sports Foundation in 2017.

Ledecky can now add the Associated Press’s title to her already huge resume. And she is no where close to done yet. In just two more years, when Ledecky is 22, she will compete with the world’s greatest swimmers at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.

Congratulations Katie, keep up the hard work and dedication!