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Katie Ledecky is a swimmer competing at the 2012 London Summer Olympics for the USA.

Katie Ledecky qualified for the 2012 Olympics, her first, at age 15, by winning the 800m freestyle at U.S. Trials in Omaha with the second fastest time in the world to date this year. She was close to world record pace through the early part of the race. Ledecky was also third in the 400m free at Trials, and even though she didn't qualify in that event, she did break Janet Evans' national age group record for 15-16 year olds.

After her 800m victory in Omaha, Ledecky exuded surprise. "Four years ago I never knew how to qualify for an Olympic Trials," she said. "I thought it was this unreal thing. So a year ago I didn't have the 800 standard at this point. I think I got that in July or August. I got the 400 cut (which she just missed qualifying in) in May. It's just unbelievable to think back where I was and to think about the work I've put in over the last couple of months with my coach, who has prepared me, and I had a lot of confidence going into the race."

Ledecky's coach Yuri Suguiyama at the Curl Burke Swim Club said that while Ledecky was talented enough to progress fast through the sport, he tried to keep her true to his program, saying he doesn't like to rush the process. "Katie could have skipped some steps, but she has learned from each experience and still moved up the competitive ladder," he said. "Some people questioned us not taking her to Nationals last summer, but I think it was great that she was able to go to juniors, win four races and win the high-point award. There is something honest and pure about training and racing longer swims, and I love coaching them." After Ledecky qualified in the 800m, her coach was ecstatic: "You're talking about a 15-year-old lady who comes to the pool every day with a smile on her face and an unbelievable work ethic. I was just really proud, really happy for her. She earned it."



KATIE LEDECKY: FACTS

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Age: 17 years old
Birthday: March 17, 1997
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 143 lbs.
Birthplace: Washington, MD
Hometown: Bethesda, MD





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