American swimmer Katie Ledecky may well be the greatest female swimmer to have ever lived, with Olympic gold medals and world championship titles galore. The world record holder in multiple swimming events, including the women’s 400-, 800-, and 1500-meter freestyle (long course), she’s also a humble suburban girl who values education, her Catholic faith, and her family.
Her dominance hasn’t come without downsides. Her success in the sport has drawn accusations of doping and steroid use, unproven claims that she’s had to deal with as she’s trained for peak performance. How does she cope with the pressure? From the reasons why she started swimming to her plans beyond competitive sports and when she may retire, this is the untold truth of Olympian Katie Ledecky.