Michael Phelps, Katie Ledecky, Katie O'Donnell and other US Olympians spent Friday with the First Family.
Saturday, September 15, 2012
By Chris Leyden, Capital News Service The president, vice president and first lady welcomed this year's summer Olympians and Paralympians to the White House Friday, and gave a special acknowledgment to some of Maryland's most accomplished athletes. President Barack Obama told the couple-hundred athletes honored that he is the, "fan-in-chief," and, despite his late work hours, has "mastered the DVR," which allowed him to keep up with all the teams. The president singled out Bethesda's Katie Ledecky for praise, saying that while she was in London she still had to do her schoolwork. Ledecky, who took home the gold medal in the 800-freestyle swim, is only 15 and a student at Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart in Bethesda. "Katie Ledecky …
Rising Stone Ridge sophomore receives a hero's welcome at Dulles Monday night.
Montgomery County's own Olympic gold medalist Katie Ledecky returned home from London Monday evening to a crowd of friends and supporters at Dulles International Airport, WJLA reported. Ledecky, a rising sophomore at Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart, stunned the world as she swam to the gold in the women’s 800m freestyle Friday. With a finish in eight minutes and 14.63 seconds, she broke a 23-year-old American record and just missed the world record of Britain's Rebecca Adlington, the Washington Post reported. At 15, Ledecky is the youngest member of the 2012 U.S. Olympic team. Back home in Bethesda, friends and classmates gathered at Stone Ridge for a watch party Friday, screaming and cheering as Ledecky took the gold. Monday night…