By: Dr. Rosetta Stith
Katie Ledecky, who recently turned 15 years old this past March, from Bethesda, Maryland, is the youngest high school member of the United States Olympic Team, and new comer on the international scene.
She astonished onlookers when she won her first major international event from start to finish in the Women’s 800 Meter Free Style Final last Friday, August 3, 2012 breaking Janet Evans 23 year old record in 8 minutes, 14.63 seconds.
A half second from breaking the world record, Missy Franklin, 17 years old maintained utter dominance to win the 200 meter backstroke, and breaking the world record, and defeating the second –place finisher by nearly two seconds!
The best part and value of these competitions for girls and women, is that there is more to come in future years. We need to give them our full support.
My last words: ‘Let’s Hear It For Our Girls And Women.’
WOMEN: Do not forget to encourage our younger girls to watch important sports events with you.
Ask them who was their favorite and why?
You may be surprised at what they will say, that is how it begins.
Ask someone who knows: Ms. Natalie Hawkins, Gabrielle Douglas’ mother!
- Video: Olympian Missy Franklin appears on the “Tonight Show” before heading back to school (denverpost.com)
- Olympic champ Missy Franklin returns home to hero’s welcome (wtvr.com)
- Female athletes take Olympic leap forward (startribune.com)
- Editorial: A gold medal for Title IX (denverpost.com)
- Gold, Girl Power and Greek Yogurt: 2012 London Olympics Wrap-Up (addthis.com)
- Only 15, but Already an Olympian (london2012.blogs.nytimes.com)
- Katie Ledecky, 15, youngest Olympic swimmer to win gold at 800 freestyle (examiner.com)
- Ledecky, 15, is youngest gold winner for US (nbcolympics.com)
- Katie Ledecky: 15-Year-Old Wins Gold for USA in 800-Meter Freestyle (bleacherreport.com)
- American Swimmers Look To Add to US Medal Haul (foxnews.com)