With her recent Olympic victories in Tokyo, Katie Ledecky is set to break Michael Phelps’ medal record. On July 27, the 24-year-old became the first-ever gold medalist in the women’s 1,500-meter freestyle final at the Tokyo Olympics. This is the first time that women have been able to compete in the 1,500-meter race, although it has been a men’s event since the 1908 Summer Olympics. Her recent victory brings her career Olympic medals to a total of 10. , including six for individual events. Katie now has more individual Olympic gold medals than any other woman in the history of the sport.
“Thank you, Tokyo, and thank you ALL for the tremendous support this week and over the years to get to this,” Katie said in an Instagram post. Her teammates Natalie Hinds and Lilly King then showed their support for Katie on their Instagram Stories, while former Olympian Julie Foudy shared a photo of the two on her newsfeed. Coming up, see how athletes, politicians and more congratulate the swimmer on her victory.