Storm Katie & Why Ledecky Is Best Celebrated As Trailblazing Woman Not Shadow Of Man

Katie Ledecky turns to see her world-record win on the board as Jazz carlin comes home for silver over 400m at Rio 2016 - by Patrick B. Kraemer

Sunday Essay: The past few days have delivered another gust of Storm Katie. Ledecky won two solos, went stroke-for-stroke with Stanford teammate Simone Manuel over 200y and helped The Cardinal quartets 4×100 and 4×200 win the day, too, at Pac-12 Championships. In the bargain, there were American records over 500y free and 400IM. Whenever Ledecky takes to the water in peak-to-peakish form, comparisons with men are never far away. She’s that kind of woman – but the context of her greatness is best sold and told by celebrating her achievements as a woman in the context of other women

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