Olympics

Katie Ledecky Was Friday’s Most #Amazing Olympic Athlete

The powerhouse swimmer smashed a world record and earned her fourth medal of the 2016 Games

Olympics
REUTERS
Aug 13, 2016 at 12:34 PM ET

U.S. swimmer Katie Ledecky on Friday shattered her previous world record in the 800-meter freestyle event, causing the internet to erupt in awe. As a result, Ledecky’s achievement was unofficially deemed the night’s most “amazing” happening.

Ledecky, who racked up four gold medals during this year’s Olympics, closed out her trip to Rio de Janeiro by beating her own seven-month record by two seconds. “I had a lot of fun tonight,” she said afterward, according to the Olympic News Service. “I just wanted to push myself and see what I could do.”

Twitter also had some fun celebrating Ledecky’s accomplishment. Analyzing millions of Olympics tweets, Vocativ found that Ledecky was by far the most #amazing athlete of the night. Between 10 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. Saturday, Ledecky was mentioned 293,280 times.