Despite the postponement of the 2020 Toyko Olympics, Katie Ledeky is still achieving great things this summer.
The DMV native and Team USA swimmer posted a video on her Instagram on Monday where she swam the length of a pool with a glass of chocolate milk balanced on her head –– one of her many impressive feats that has shocked the world.
The 23-year-old swimmer has taken DMV area and the nation by storm after she first appeared in the 2012 London Olympics and won gold in the 800m freestyle at the age of 15. She quickly became a fan favorite and gained popularity four years later when she cleaned up in Rio de Janeiro, winning four gold medals and a silver. In Rio, she also set two world records in the 400 and 800m freestyle events.
After the International Olympic Committee announced their decision to postpone until 2021, Ledecky spoke out, saying it was the right decision.
"We're all happy that we know now and can take a step back, stay inside and do our part to help fight this virus and support those who are the true heroes doing everything they can to heal the sick and to find ways to stop the spread," she said. "We're going to do what we can to stay in shape, but the real training has to take a backseat right now."
Since quarantine began, she has faced obstacles of training during times of social distancing but, like many other Olympians, has done what she can during these limiting times to prepare for the year ahead.
While Ledecky was unable to compete on a global stage as expected this year due to COVID-19, she continues to find a way into the national spotlight as she prepares to dominate again in 2021.
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