Katie Ledecky met Michael Jordan, Michael Phelps as a child (pics)
It appears Katie Ledecky may have been destined for greatness going as far back to toddler age, solely due to incredible brushes with greatness as a youth.
As Ledecky dominates the international stage in the pool at the Rio Olympics, photographs have surfaced of the 19-year-old phenom hanging out with Michael Jordan and Michael Phelps.
While it’s unlikely that Ledecky recalls her encounter with MJ, there she was in the Washington Wizards owner’s suite as a two-year-old, rubbing elbows with the greatest basketball player of all-time.
Before winning #Gold, @katieledecky was 2-yrs-old and hanging out with Michael Jordan: https://t.co/TlkhPAT391 #USA pic.twitter.com/qsS61bN5hp
— Tony Gray (@ABGray) August 9, 2016
Jordan was a Wizards executive at the time the photo was taken. As CBS Sports notes, Ledecky ended up in Wizards owner Ted Leonsis’ suite due to business dealings her uncle had with the NBA team.
And here’s a photo of Jordan holding the young Ledecky.
Michael Jordan got 2 gold medals. The little girl he's holding now has 3. It's Katie Ledecky. pic.twitter.com/W2PQGuckVL
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) August 10, 2016
Ledecky’s encounters with greatness continued as a nine-year-old, when she had the chance to meet fellow Olympic superstar Michael Phelps, shortly after his dominant performance in Athens at the 2004 Summer Olympics.
THROWBACK: 9-year-old Katie Ledecky was all smiles while getting Michael Phelps' autograph!
(NYT/Ledecky Family) pic.twitter.com/UHpMS9SEw6
— NBC Sports (@NBCSports) August 11, 2016
Ledecky, through tremendous skill, hard work and devotion to her sport, obviously is solely responsible for her incredible accomplishments in Rio, already winning three gold medals along with a silver as she joins the ranks of the greatest swimmers in Olympic history.
But there’s something to be said about meeting two titans of sport at such a young age. It couldn’t have hurt.