Katie Ledecky Wins Female Athlete of the Year for Fifth Year In a Row

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The 2017 Golden Goggle Awards took place in Los Angeles tonight and Katie Ledecky had three nominations for her performances during the World Championships in Budapest this summer when she won five gold medals and one silver and became the most decorated female swimmer in championship history.

Just a day after breaking the American record in the 1650 yard freestyle at the Art Adamson Invite in Texas, Katie flew back to California to attend the Golden Goggles.

Tonight Ledecky was nominated for ‘Female Race of the Year’ for her 400m freestyle in Budapest which she earned a gold medal in and swam the second fastest time in history in a blazing 3:58.34, a championship record. The award went to Lilly King, deservingly so, for her world record breaking swim in the 100m breaststroke this summer.

Katie’s second nomination was for ‘Relay Performance of the Year’ for the women’s 4x100m freestyle relay at Worlds with Mallory Comerford, Kelsi Worrell and Simone Manuel, a race in which the ladies set a new American record with a time of 3:31.72. But the winner tonight was the women’s 4x100m medley relay with Kathleen Baker, Lilly King, Kelsi Worrell and Simone Manuel.

Katie didn’t go home empty handed, she won big with her record fifth consecutive ‘Female Athlete of the Year’ honor and was presented the award very fittingly by two other legendary athletes, Michael Phelps and Kobe Bryant. The other nominees in this category were Lilly King and Simone Manuel. Watch Katie’s acceptance speech below.


Ledecky now has 11 Golden Goggle awards to her name with five Female Athlete of the Year awards, four Female Race of the Year, a Relay Performance of the Year and the Breakout Performer of the Year back in 2012. To see a full list of awards, click here.

As for what’s next… Stanford doesn’t return to the pool until January 19th against Arizona. Winter Nationals are coming up in December but it’s unlikely Katie will swim in those. So in the meantime I hope that Katie and everyone else enjoys the winter holidays and will come back ready for the second half of the college season with conference championships and NCAA’s to follow.

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