10 years ago: A 9-year-old named Katie Ledecky gets an autograph from Michael Phelps (Credit: Ledecky Family) pic.twitter.com/oOOPns5mor
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) August 10, 2016
Decade-old photo shows Michael Phelps signing autograph for Katie Ledecky
Posted: 7:08 PM, Aug 10, 2016
Updated: 2016-08-10 23:03:27-04
Once upon a time, famed swimmer Katie Ledecky was just an aspiring athlete and apparent fan of Michael Phelps.
Now, a photo of the stars’ quick meeting 10 years ago, far before Ledecky was on the swimming world’s radar, is taking the internet by storm.
According to Time, the 2006 image shows a 21-year-old Phelps, now the world’s most decorated Olympian, signing an autograph for a 9-year-old Ledecky. It first appeared in a 2014 New York Times story.
Now, about 10 years after that photo was snapped, Phelps, now 31, and Ledecky, now 19, have both taken home gold in the 2016 Olympics – Phelps in the 200-meter butterfly and 4 x 200-meter freestyle relay, and Ledecky in the women’s 200-meter freestyle.
Just look at these two buddies now:
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