Katie Ledecky continues to dominate the swimming competition at the Olympics, earning her third gold medal Wednesday and her fourth overall for the Rio games. She is beloved by audiences and teammates, including fan Michael Phelps, and the announcers love her so much, they call out her name during other events.
But Ledecky isn’t one to rest on her laurels. Her coach Bruce Gemmell shared a picture on Twitter on Wednesday, showing a lone swimmer in an abandoned Rio pool. It was Katie Ledecky, still practicing at 1:15 a.m.
That is what hard work looks like, everyone.
Another female Olympian made her mark Wednesday. Kristin Armstrong won her third gold medal for the women’s time trial at age 42. She became the only cyclist, male or female, to hold three consecutive gold medals in the same category. Armstrong, who turns 43 Thursday, actually came out of retirement to compete in the Olympics. Why? “Because I can.”
“For all the moms out there, I hope that this was a very inspiring day,” Armstrong said after her victory. She has one son and is the director of community health at a hospital in Boise, Idaho. “I think that for so long we’ve been told that we should be finished at a certain age. And I think that there’s a lot of athletes out there that are actually showing that that’s not true.”