CNS PHOTO BY STEFAN WARMTH, REUTERS
Katie Ledecky, holding one of the two gold medals she has won at the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
CNS PHOTO BY STEFAN WARMTH, REUTERS Katie Ledecky, holding one of the two gold medals she has won at the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
On Tuesday, Aug. 9, Katie Ledecky completed what was considered to be the most difficult individual event of her Olympic schedule – the 200-meter freestyle – and won. But unlike her 400-meter freestyle race, which she won by nearly 5 seconds, Ledecky won by just .35 of a second, closely followed by Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom.

Ledecky, a graduate of Little Flower School and Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart in Bethesda, holds world records in the 400-, 800- and 1500-meter freestyles, which are all considered distance events. The 200-meter race was the closest thing to a sprint that she would compete in, and by earning a gold medal in the close race, she was able to continue her streak of winning every major individual international race that she has swam.

Also on Aug. 9, Jack Conger, a graduate of Our Lady of Good Counsel High School in Olney, swam in the preliminary heat of the 4x200 men’s freestyle relay, which qualified the team for the final heat in the evening. While Conger was taken off the roster for the final race, to be replaced by Michael Phelps, he still received a gold medal when the team won.

Tonight, Aug. 10, Ledecky will compete in the women’s 4x200-meter freestyle relay, and on Friday, Aug. 12, she will swim in the women’s 800-meter freestyle, the event in which she won gold medal in London.

On Thursday, Aug. 11, Katharine Holmes, a fencer whose family attends Annunciation Parish in Washington, will compete in the women’s team epee. On Sunday, 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 Sunday, Aug. 21. All events can be streamed online at http://www.nbcolympics.com/.