Katie Ledecky and Michael Phelps’ recreated photo deserves a gold medal in itself.
Ledecky was only 9 years old when she posed next to Phelps at an autograph table in 2006.
Fast-forward 10 years later, she now has four gold medals and one silver, and this time, she was the one sitting in an autograph table signing a Rio poster, smiling next to Phelps, according to E News.
“We are in great shape, not only with Katie but with the team we have now,” Phelps said. “Katie’s doing her thing and she’s breaking records every time she gets in the pool. It’s been an honor for me to be a part of the team with her and some of the younger guys that we have coming up in the sport that are going to take over.”
Ledecky commented on her idol’s asset to the Olympic team saying, “(Phelps has) had a huge impact on…a lot of the young swimmers on the team this year. I started watching him when I was 6 years old when I was first starting to get in the sport and to be on the team with him has been such an honor.”
The 19-year-old continued to fawn over Phelps and said, “Not only to see his impact in the pool, but just out of the pool as well. He’s really been a leader on this team and that’s why we came away with all these medals.
It’s inspiring that Ledecky dreamed of meeting her swimming idol and now years later, is competing with him in the Rio Olympics.
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