Katie Ledecky joins Gators swimming coaching staff

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Seven-time Olympic gold medalist Katie Ledecky has joined the Florida swimming and diving program as a volunteer swimming coach.

Ledecky announced Wednesday that she will train for the 2024 Olympics in Gainesville with Florida head coach Anthony Nesty, who was an assistant coach for Team USA at the Tokyo Olympics.

Ledecky, who hails from Bethesda, Md., completed her degree at Stanford this year and, after swimming in her third Olympic Games, is taking the opportunity to be closer to home and family while training for the next phase of her swimming career.

U.S. swimmer Katie Ledecky celebrates after winning gold in the women's 800-meter freestyle final Friday at the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

"I'm excited to be a part of the University of Florida's world-class swimming and diving program and train for the 2024 Olympics with Coach Anthony Nesty, and the top-tier mid-distance and distance training group," Ledecky said in a UF news release. "My years at Stanford, both academically and athletically, were nothing short of incredible and I'm looking forward to the opportunity and challenges that lie ahead in Gainesville."

"The knowledge and experience that Katie brings to the pool are unparalleled," Nesty said. "In addition to her obvious excellence as a swimmer, Katie is an exceptional person who will make a great impact on the student-athletes here. Katie's values are in total alignment with the Florida program, and we're so excited to have her join the Gators as she continues to train for the 2024 Olympics."

Ledecky is an eight-time NCAA champion and in her two years of collegiate swimming helped lead Stanford to back-to-back Pac-12 and NCAA team titles in 2017 and 2018, while breaking NCAA records 15 times and NCAA Championship meet records six times.  

As a 10-time Olympic medalist and 15-time world championship gold medalist, Ledecky has broken world records 14 times and American Records 37 times in her career. She has won more gold medals in individual events than any Team USA female athlete in any sport. At the Tokyo Olympics, she also made history by becoming the first Team USA female swimmer to win an individual event (800m Freestyle) in three straight Olympics, and by winning the first-ever women's 1500m Freestyle event. Ledecky, a three-time USOPC SportsWoman of the Year, was also the most decorated Team USA female athlete in any sport for the second straight Olympic Games.