By: Seth Gainey
The 2016 Olympics were filled with record breakers including, Michael Phelps and Katie Ledecky.
Phelps walked away with five gold medals and one silver this year. The 6’4 swimmer has been the most decorated Olympian of all time since his last Olympics where he had 22 medals, 4 more than the last record-holder. He did not start with a smooth ride. He was diagnosed with ADHD at a young age and that’s why he started swimming at the age of seven. But that didn’t stop the Olympian from becoming the most famous swimmer of all time.
Another record breaker from the 2016 Olympics is Katie Ledecky. The Stanford graduate competed in the Olympics when she was only 15. She is so fast she tied Phelps in the heats of the Pro Swim Series at Mesa, Arizona in 2015. In the 2016 Olympics she walked away with five medals: four gold and one silver. She is only 19 years old, so there is hopefully more to come for this young Olympian.