Official Team USA Olympic photo
Olympic swimmer Katie Ledecky, a member of the Church of the Little Flower in Bethesda and a graduate of Little Flower School and Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart in Bethesda, is competing in five events in the 2016 Summer Olympics at Rio de Janeiro.
Official Team USA Olympic photo Olympic swimmer Katie Ledecky, a member of the Church of the Little Flower in Bethesda and a graduate of Little Flower School and Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart in Bethesda, is competing in five events in the 2016 Summer Olympics at Rio de Janeiro.
Within the first two days of Olympic swimming competition, Katie Ledecky had already added two medals to her collection. On Saturday, Aug 6, the swimmer who graduated from Little Flower School and Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart in Bethesda, anchored the women’s 4x100-meter freestyle relay, and helped earn a silver medal for the team – placing second after the Australians. The relay’s time, 3:31:89, broke the American record for the event.

The next day, Ledecky swam her first individual final of the Olympics in the women’s 400-meter freestyle, and she continued her streak of never losing a major individual international race. Ledecky broke her own world record in the event, with a time of 3:56:46. For most of the race, she soared in front of her competition, finishing nearly five seconds before the British silver medal winner Jazmin Carlin. Ledecky has a chance to win three more medals, as she will be competing in the women’s 200-meter freestyle on Aug. 9, the women’s 4x200-meter freestyle relay on Aug. 10, and the women’s 800-meter freestyle, the event in which she won gold in London, on Aug 12.

On Aug. 8, Katharine Holmes, whose family attends Annunciation Parish in Washington, competed in the women’s individual epee qualifying bout. After tying up the score to 4-4 in the final minute, Holmes was defeated in sudden-death overtime by Estonian fencer Erika Kirpu. She will have another chance to win a medal, as she will also be competing in the women’s team epee on Aug. 11.

There are several other Olympians with ties to the archdiocese who have yet to compete. Jack Conger, a graduate of Our Lady of Good Counsel High School in Olney, will be competing in the men’s 4x200-meter freestyle relay on Aug. 9. On Aug. 14, Thea LaFond, a parishioner of St. John the Evangelist in Silver Spring, will compete in the triple jump, representing her home country, Dominica. Finally, Kyle Snyder, another alumnus of Good Counsel, will be competing in the men’s freestyle wrestling competition on Aug. 21. All events can be streamed online at http://www.nbcolympics.com/.