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Katie Ledecky is the youngest person on the Time 100 list of world's most influential people

Katie Ledecky is the youngest person on the Time 100 list of world's most influential people

Olympic gold medalist Katie Ledecky is the youngest person on this year's Time 100 most influential list.

Katie Ledecky is the youngest person named to the Time 100 list of most influential people in the world, joining the largest contingent of Olympians since the list's 2004 debut. The other "titans" Ledecky was grouped with include notable names like Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg, Dwayne Johnson and Pope Francis.

"I never thought I would see one person win the 200m, 400m, 800m and 1500m freestyle in the same World Championships, which is exactly what Katie did last summer," four-time Olympic gold medalist Janet Evans wrote in her piece on Ledecky, referencing what later became known as the "Ledecky slam." "And even more impressive, she did it as an 18-year-old."

Who is... Katie Ledecky

Katie Ledecky, already a 2012 Olympic gold medalist, captured a combined nine gold medals at the 2013 and 2015 World Championships.

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Ledecky and Evans are often compared for their seemingly insurmountable feats: Evans was the first woman to simultaneously hold the 400m, 800m and 1500m freestyle world records. Ledecky is the only woman to match her in that feat.

 
Ledecky most recently swam at the Arena Pro Series in Mesa, Arizona, where she notched wins on each of the three-night series. Most impressive was her win in the 800m freestyle, where she owns the 2012 Olympic gold medal. She beat the field by nearly 15 seconds.
 

 

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