14. Katie Ledecky, swimming
Just 16 years of age, the Bethesda resident is one of the few local athletes to make the cut with the opportunity to add to her already-impressive list of accomplishments in the years to come.
In addition to taking the gold in the 800-meter freestyle race at the 2012 Olympics in London, Ledecky won four gold medals at the 2013 world championships in Barcelona, including individual titles in the 400-, 800-, and 1500-meter freestyle events. The teenager has a long way to go to approach the success of the great Michael Phelps, but it’s difficult not to be impressed with what she’s accomplished at such a young age.
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