U.S. swimmer Katie Ledecky competes in the 800-meter freestyle final during the Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro Aug. 11. Ledecky, a graduate of Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart and Little Flower School in Bethesda, won her fourth gold medal during the Rio games in that event, breaking her world record. CNS PHOTO BY DOMINIC EBENBICHLER, REUTERS
U.S. swimmer Katie Ledecky competes in the 800-meter freestyle final during the Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro Aug. 11. Ledecky, a graduate of Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart and Little Flower School in Bethesda, won her fourth gold medal during the Rio games in that event, breaking her world record. CNS PHOTO BY DOMINIC EBENBICHLER, REUTERS
As Katie Ledecky stood on the medal stand on Aug. 12 for the fifth and final time of the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics, she had to cover her face to hide her tears. She had just broken her own world record in the women’s 800-meter freestyle and was in the process of receiving her fourth gold medal of this summer’s Olympic games.

The graduate of Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart and Little Flower School in Bethesda was the defending gold medalist and world record holder of the 800-meter freestyle, which caused many people to expect her to swim to victory. What they may not have expected was the 11.38 second margin between her and the silver medalist, Great Britain’s Jazz Carlin.

In her last race of this year’s Olympics, Ledecky touched the wall with a time of 8:04:79, which met the goal she had set in 2013 with her coach, Bruce Gemmell, to finish in under eight minutes and five seconds.

This gold medal came just two days after Ledecky anchored the women’s 4x200-meter freestyle relay, coming from behind to win first place with a time of 7:43:03, ahead of the Australian team that had been leading for the majority of the race.

Ledecky will leave Rio de Janeiro with four gold medals, one silver medal, and two new world records. Earlier in this summer’s Olympics, she won gold in the 200- and 400-meter freestyle races and silver in the 4x100-meter freestyle relay. Ledecky also broke her own world record in the 400-meter freestyle, touching the wall at 3:56.46.

On Aug. 11, Katharine Holmes, whose family attends Annunciation Parish in Washington, fenced as a part of the United States women’s team épée. Early on in the tournament, the team lost to Romania, who would go on to win gold, making them ineligible for a medal. But the team continued to fight, and earned fifth place after defeating France and South Korea.

On Aug. 13, Thea LaFond, a parishioner of St. John the Evangelist in Silver Spring, represented her home country of Dominica in the women’s triple jump semi-finals, but did not advance to the final round.

While most of the competitions that involve Olympians from the Archdiocese of Washington have been completed, there is still one more to come. World-champion wrestler Kyle Snyder, an alumnus of Our Lady of Good Counsel High School in Olney, Maryland, will compete in men’s freestyle wrestling on Aug. 21.