A photo of Olympic rock stars Michael Phelps and Katie Ledecky meeting ten years ago at an autograph signing has lit up the Internet.
The 2006 image showing a 21-year-old Phelps giving his young fan an autograph first appeared in a 2014 New York Times profile of Ledecky, courtesy of her family. ESPN reporter Darren Rovell posted it Tuesday night, and it’s been retweeted 20,000 times as of Wednesday morning.
It may have seemed a tad early for the young athlete to form this world domination alliance with the world’s most decorated Olympian, but the two have become some of the most beloved superhumans in goggles to ever hit the pool, collecting so many triumphs in just a short amount of time that people suspect they’re actually sea creatures.
On Tuesday, Phelps and Ledecky won gold medals in the men’s 200-meter butterfly and the 4 x 200-meter freestyle relay (his 20th and 21st) and the women’s 200-meter freestyle, respectively.
Ledecky, who just beat the world record in the 400-meter freestyle, will compete in the 800-meter freestyle on Thursday.
She would go far, this one.
Born: March 17, 1997 (age 19), Washington, D.C., United States
Height: 1.83 m
Education: Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart
Stroke: Freestyle swimming
Parents: David Ledecky, Mary Gen Ledecky
10 years ago: A 9-year-old named Katie Ledecky gets an autograph from Michael Phelps (Credit: Ledecky Family) pic.twitter.com/oOOPns5mor
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) August 10, 2016