Women’s Sports Foundation Crowns Katie Ledecky 2017 Sportswoman of the Year

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The Women’s Sports Foundation (WSF) recently held their 38th Annual Salute to Women in Sport in New York City. At the gala, two-time Olympian Katie Ledecky was crowned the 2017 Sportswoman of the Year in the individual sport category.

The Sportswoman of the Year award is presented annually to female athletes who have exhibited supreme athletic performance and have distinguished themselves within their sport. Ledecky earned the award after a strong year of swimming that saw her down NCAA and American records, play a key role in Stanford’s NCAA Championship title, and collect five gold and one silver medal at the 2017 World Championships in Budapest, Hungary.

About the Women’s Sports Foundation

The Women’s Sports Foundation — the leading authority on the participation of women and girls in sports — is dedicated to creating leaders by ensuring girls access to sports. Founded by Billie Jean King in 1974, our work shapes public attitude about women’s sports and athletes, builds capacities for organizations that get girls active, ensures equitable opportunities for girls and women through Title IX, and supports physically and emotionally healthy lifestyles. The Women’s Sports Foundation has relationships with more than 1,000 of the world’s elite female athletes and is recognized globally for its leadership, vision, expertise and influence. For more information, visit www.WomensSportsFoundation.org.

7 Comments

7 comments

  1. Magda Mooers

    No Brainer. Well deserved. #hometowngirl #waytogokatie

  2. Jeanne Jones

    Way to go Katie! Congrats!!!!

Author: Taylor Brien

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Taylor Brien is the Assistant Operations Manager and a staff writer at Swimming World. A native of Bettendorf, IA and a 2015 graduate of Illinois College, she has covered a variety of events since joining the SW team in 2015, including the NCAA Championships, World Championships, Olympic Trials, and 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

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