Team USA’s youngest member, 15-year-old swimmer Katie Ledecky, was overshadowed in London by high profile teammates like Missy Franklin, Michael Phelps, Ryan Lochte, and Nathan Adrian.
But Katie finally got her moment to shine Friday night when her gold medal performance in the women’s 800m was honored as the Phillips 66 Performance of the Year award at USA Swimming’s annual awards banquet.
Katie, who received a standing ovation from Friday night’s crowd, surprised everyone when she knocked off reigning Olympic and world champion, Rebecca Adlington, and nearly broke the British swimmer’s world record in the process, swimming an American record of 8:14.63. Her shocked face and screams of “Oh my God” when she realized what her accomplishment said it all.
Now Katie can go back to her much tougher life as a high school sophomore. Don’t worry, though, she completed her summer reading list that included ‘Lord of the Flies’ and ‘Pride and Prejudice’ while abroad.