Katie Ledecky, seven-time Olympic gold medalist, receives the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Katie Ledecky received the Presidential Medal of Freedom! The most decorated Olympic female swimmer, 27, can now add the highest civilian medal to her collection.  

President Joe Biden handed her one of 19 Presidential Medal of Freedoms in Washington, D.C., on Friday, May 3. It is given to "individuals who have made exemplary contributions to the prosperity, values,  

or security of the United States, world peace, or other significant societal, public or private endeavours," as per White House. Don't let age hinder you.   

In a speech before presenting Ledecky with the honour, Biden, 81, compared her training for her fourth Olympics to his bid for a second term.  

The swimmer wore a black and white flowery skirt and black suit jacket to the award ceremony, sitting close to John Kerry.  

Jim Thorpe, the first Native American to win an Olympic gold medal in the decathlon and pentathlon in 1912, received the honour posthumously. He died 1953.  

As a Bethesda native, Ledecky told the Washington Post, "Obviously, growing up here, I know what a huge honour this is." I feel linked to this place. Although this is a national prize, it feels local to me. A few days at home for this. My community.”  

Since debuting at the 2012 London Olympics aged 15, Ledecky has won seven gold and three silver medals. She's won every swimming event in the Olympics, from 200 to 1500 m.  

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