Ten years ago enthusiastic young swimmer Katie Ledecky, then 9 years old, queued up to get an autograph from pool legend Michael Phelps. Now, in 2016, herself a five-time Olympic medallist (four gold, one silver), Phelps queued up to get a signature from Ledecky.
Phelps is now the most decorated Olympian of all time, taking home five gold medals and one silver from Rio. That seems him with a total of 23 Olympic gold medals in his career, 28 in total (three silver, two bronze).
Ledecky, as well as her haul of medals, leaves the Rio Games with two world records.
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This picture captures the joy I have had this past week in representing the USA, as well as the emotions of completing an unforgettable four-year journey. Thank you to everyone for the support. I am honored to be a member of the 2016 U.S. Olympic Swim Team. Special thanks to my family, coach Bruce Gemmell, trainer Lee Sommers, my teammates and coaches over the years from NCAP (and Palisades and Stone Ridge), my friends, my teachers and classmates, everyone back home in Bethesda especially my Stone Ridge and Little Flower friends, and many more. I'm happy to be bringing home some medals and memories! (Photo: @gettyimages)
She posted this inspiring message on Instagram: