U.S. Olympian Katie Ledecky is the world record holder in the 400-, 800- and 1500-meter freestyles, and the American record holder in the 500-, 1000- and 1650-yard freestyles.

In the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, she will compete in the 200-, 400-, and 800-meter freestyle. She has won Gold medals in the 2012 London Olympics and again in the 2016 Rio Olympics.

But before every race Ledecky, a faithful Catholic, offers a Hail Mary. “I do say a prayer – or two – before any race. The Hail Mary is a beautiful prayer and I find that it calms me.” she said.

In an interview with the Catholic Standard Ledecky said “My Catholic faith is very important to me. It always has been and it always will be. It is part of who I am and I feel comfortable practicing my faith. It helps me put things in perspective.”

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  1. Good for you!!
    You should be proud of your religion!!
    Glad you say a prayer. I love the prayer,
    Hail Mary. Say the prayer every night before I go to sleep, along with other prayers!

  2. My daughter and I say 3 Hail Mary’s, Our Father, and a St. Michael every morning. And for the next month we’ll be praying the Chaplet of Divine Mercy. We dedicate each decade to a family,.friend, stranger or enemy and ask Jesus to pour out his Divine Mercy for our brother or sister in need.

  3. “It’s part of me and I feel comfortable practicing my faith”- wow that says a lot about the character of this young woman, very cool and bold statement these days. Her parents must be especially proud of who she is above what she can do in the pool.

    • “Her parents must be especially proud of who she is…..”

      And why wouldn’t they? After all, they were the ones who indoctrinated her with their religion when she was a child and before her brain had developed enough for critical thinking, logic and reason. Had this remarkable young woman been accidentally switched at birth and sent home with a Baptist or Muslim family, she would be a Baptist or a Muslim.

      • Perhaps, or maybe not. This article doesn’t say what religion her parents are, and a large percent of our Church members are Catholics. She is old enough to have been challenged many times about her faith, so your statement isn’t a given.

  4. She is a great lady and stands up for her religion. Prayers are for everyone but how many admit they pray? The Hail Mary is a beautiful prayer to our Lady.

  5. Thanks for sharing your love for our Blessed Mother! You’re an awesome example (especially to young adults) on how to “be not afraid,” – and proudly profess your Catholic faith! God bless you!

  6. Everyday….I begin my day with my 5 Hail Mary’s as I drive off. My CATHOLIC FAITH has and always be a very important part of my life. I love seeing this beautiful and successful younglady live her faith. God is Good

  7. So heartening to hear that so many people are praying, with satan hard at work in this world we all need to send our prayers to heaven every day and sending our intersessions through our Blessed Mother is a wonderful way to do it.

  8. Mary is not just the physical mother of Jesus. She is the spiritual mother of us all, and she is actively involved with Jesus in the work of our redemption.

  9. An army of me,you and the rest saying the “hail Mary” can conquer the world, so what of the Olympics? hail the holy queen in all,…..in all we do

  10. I am proud to be a catholic.. i love every prayer i was taught, Our Father, Hail Mary and so on.. To anyone who humbly say these prayers and believe God on a miracle will never be disappointed. I am a living witness


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