Katie Ledecky Presents Award At Breakthrough Prize Ceremony

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Katie Ledecky is keeping busy over the Stanford swim hiatus and presented an award tonight at the Breakthrough Prize Ceremony which celebrates scientists, their achievements and aims to inspire the next generation.

The 2018 Breakthrough Prize was held at the NASA Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley, Calfornia and was televised live on National Geographic.

The five-time Olympic gold medalist shared the stage with sisters Susan Wojcicki, the CEO of YouTube and Anne Wojcicki, co-founder of the Breakthrough Prize and CEO of 23andme to present the Breakthrough Prize to molecular biologists Kazutoshi Mori and Peter Walter for describing a cellular quality control system that detects disease causing unfolded proteins and triggers corrective measures.


As an athlete you need competitors to bring the best out of you. That splash on the edge of my peripheral vision means a rival is closing. That’s often what it takes to surpass your own limits.

The Breakthrough Prize is a set of international awards bestowed in three categories by Breakthrough Prize Board in recognition of scientific advance: Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences, Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics, and Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics

These prizes were founded by Sergey Brin, Anne Wojcicki, Mark Zuckerberg, Priscilla Chan, Yuri Milner, Julia Milner, Jack Ma and Cathy Zhang. Committees of previous laureates choose the winners from candidates nominated in a process that’s online and open to the public.

Laureates receive $3 million each in prize money. They attend a televised award ceremony designed to celebrate their achievements and inspire the next generation of scientists. As part of the ceremony schedule, they also engage in a program of lectures and discussions. Those that go on to make fresh discoveries remain eligible for future Breakthrough Prizes.

Last week Katie won the Team USA Award for Female Olympic Athlete of the Year for a record third time. The Stanford swim season will return to the pool deck on January 19 against Arizona.

Until then…

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