Katie Ledecky to Release Memoir ‘Just Add Water’ in June

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Katie Ledecky to Release Memoir ‘Just Add Water’ in June

Olympic swimmer Katie Ledecky has written a memoir that will be released in June.

Ledecky revealed the title and cover for her book, “Just Add Water: My Swimming Life,” on Thursday. The book, published by Simon & Schuster, will be released June 11.


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From Simon & Schuster’s release:

This candid and inspiring memoir charts Ledecky’s life in swimming. It details her start in Bethesda, Maryland, where she played sharks and minnows and first discovered the joy of the pool; her early foray into the Olympics at the tender age of fifteen where, as the youngest member of the American team, she stunned everyone by winning her first gold medal; her time balancing competition and her education at Stanford University; how she developed a champion’s mindset that has allowed her to persevere through so many meets, even under intense pressure; and how she has maintained her dominance in a sport where success depends on milliseconds. You learn how every element of her life—from the support of her family to the tutelage of her coaches, from her childhood spent in summer league swimming to the bright lights of Olympic pools in London, Rio, and Tokyo—set her up to become the champion she is.

Ledecky, who will turn 27 later this month, is one of the most decorated swimmers in history, male or female. She’s the preeminent female distance swimmer in history. The native of Bethesda, Maryland, is vying to swim at her fourth Olympics this summer in Paris. She is the owner of 10 Olympic medals, seven gold, starting with the 800 freestyle at the 2012 London Games.

Ledecky is a 21-time world champion and 26-time medalist at the World Championships. She set her first of 16 world records – 14 in long course – at age 16 in 2013.

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