US teen cheered on by classmates to Olympic gold medal victory
August 5, 2012 by Sarah
A watch party organised to support Katie Ledecky during her first Olympics competition erupted into massive cheers as Katie, aged 15 won the women’s 800-meter freestyle event. Although the watch part was held in Bethesda Maryland, the group of staff, parents and fellow pupils all cheered Katie on as though they were in London beside her.
The watch party was held at Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart on Friday August 3, organized by the head of school, Catherine Ronan Karrels. Katie is a sophomore at the Bethesda school and is the youngest member Team USA, with 530 athletes. The 800-meter event was won by Katie in eight minutes, 14.63 seconds, narrowly missing out on beating the world record.
Around 300 people attended the watch party, which was held in the all-purpose room in the upper school. Decorations were provided, all in red, white and blue for the posters and balloons. The poster printing and resulting publicity may be dealt with by the local printing company, to promote the huge achievements of the youngest winner of the 800-meter event. At the party, over half the guests were wearing t-shirts which had the slogan:
“Ledecky Team USA, A Stone Ridge Girl”
The co-captain of the swim team attended the party and was left speechless by the amazing win. Paul Boman, the swim coach also expressed his amazement, adding that she performed brilliantly, with energy saved for the end of the race. On Katie’s return to school, she will be asked to share her experience of her first Olympics.