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Bethesda native and Olympic champion Katie Ledecky is back on home soil after dominating the pools of Rio de Janeiro to the tune of five Olympic medals (four gold, one silver).

One of the first tasks the Stanford-bound swimmer to undertake now that she is back in the nation's capital is throwing out the first pitch for the Washington Nationals.

Ledecky will do the honors on Thursday when the Nationals host the Baltimore Orioles in the third game of the four-game split series.

This won't be Ledecky's first trip to the mound, however.

Ledecky had the honors of throwing out the first pitch not once, but twice before.

After winning gold at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Ledecky was welcomed back and had the honors prior to a September game against the Chicago Cubs.

Then, prior to Game 1 of thier thrilling 2014 NLDS series with the Giants, Ledecky was asked to once again throw the first pitch.

RELATED: MARYLAND HAULS IN GOLD AT OLYMPICS