2020 Tokyo Olympics: Swimming Gold Medalist Katie Ledecky is All Smiles in Podium Snap

by Josh Lanier

USA Swimming has had a lot to celebrate at the Tokyo Olympics. Chase Kalisz won the United States its first gold medal in the Games. And Katie Ledecky continued to rake in medals. Last night, she won the inaugural women’s 1500-meter freestyle, which secured her sixth gold medal in her Olympic career.

The 24-year-old posted a photo to Instagram of her with her gold medal and another of her celebrating with teammate Erica Sullivan who won the silver medal in the same event.

Ledecky, who entered the Tokyo Olympics with more medals than any female swimmer in U.S. history, placed fifth in the 200-meter individual medley earlier Wednesday. A race she won gold in at the 2016 Rio Games. Yui Ohashi from Japan took gold at these Games. Team USA’s Alex Walsh earned silver and her teammate Kate Douglass won bronze.

Katie Ledecky seemed to approach the 1,500-meter freestyle race as a chance at redemption.

“I think people maybe feel bad for me that I’m not winning everything,” Ledecky said after winning the 1,500, according to the Wall Street Journal. “But I want people to be concerned about other things that are going on in the world, people that are truly suffering.”

Ledecky also earned silver medals in the 400-meter freestyle, a race she was expected to win, and in the 4×200-meter freestyle relay.

Katie Ledecky Has Major Endorsements Lined Up

The Tokyo Olympics are Katie Ledecky’s first as a professional athlete. That’s because, according to Business Insider, she turned down $5 million in endorsements after the Rio Olympics so she could attend Stanford University.

But after she finished her psychology degree, and no longer has to worry about NCAA eligibility rules, companies are lining up hoping to woo her to pitch their products. She signed a $7 million deal with TYR, the athletic clothing company, Yahoo said. She’s also a brand ambassador for Adidas, Visa, and Panasonic, among others.

“I’m really committed to partnering with brands that I believe in, that I use their products, I like their products, and that are making a difference in the world,” Ledecky told Yahoo.

Ledecky said she’s hoping to invest wisely so she can focus on working giving back.

“I know that as long as I’m being careful and smart with my money,” she said. “I want to make sure that I am set for the future but also doing some good things and giving back where I can.”