So many eyes have been on NFL training camps now underway as well as on the latest controversy in the sports world involving the use of performance-enhancing drugs by baseball players, suspensions and A-Rod’s obstruction of the investigation into the use of those drugs — earning him even more suspended games. With all that going on, you gotta wonder if some aren’t missing a better sports story — about two golden girls. They are U.S. swimmers Katie Ledecky and Missy Franklin.
Both athletes were stars at the 2012 Olympic Games, and took home lots of gold, and they just smashed records right and left in Barcelona, winning the gold again.
Ledecky is a Stone Ridge Gator Class of ’15 — at Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart in Bethesda, Md., in the Washington Archdiocese. Franklin graduated in May from Regis Jesuit High School in Aurora, Colo., which is in the Denver Archdiocese. This fall Franklin heads to the University of California at Berkeley.
In Barcelona, Ledecky took four gold medals. On Aug. 6 she set two new world records, one in the 1,500-meter freestyle and another in the 800-meter freestyle. Franklin took six golds, becoming the first woman to do so at a single world championships.
At the Olympics just over a year ago, Ledecky won gold in the 800 freestyle. Franklin won three golds and a bronze.