Olympics 2012: Katie Ledecky, Olympic gold medalist, comes home, talks with ABC7
Katie Ledecky is the pride of Bethesda after bringing home a gold medal from the Olympics.
The 15-year-old girl is the youngest person on the U.S. Olympic team and today she stopped by WTOP studios to talk Olympics, family, and her future.
"It was a little different being away from home but it's great to be back," she says. "Is it surreal still? Yes, definitely. I think it will take a long time to have it sink in fully."
In her Olympic debut--and before her sophomore year in high school--this 15-year-old Bethesda girl swam off with a gold medal in the 800-meter free-style. And almost set a new world record.
"I thought I could put together a good swim and be in the thick of things," she says.
Her big brother Michael is proud.
Michael says it was like a dream.
Her fans who met her Monday night at the airport are pretty proud too. Yhe sophomore at Stone Ridge School is in the pool every morning at 4:45a.m.
But today Ledecky was recording promos.
"Hi, I'm Katie Ledecki. Thank you to WTOP and all my friends for your support at the summer games. You rock!"
Despite her newfound fame, Katie Ledecky says none of this has changed her. And before you know it, she'll be back in school.
And back in the pool.
"I hope I'm the same," she says. "I don't think anything's changed much."
Except maybe the fact that she's the only 15-year-old in America with a gold medal.