CHANTILLY, Va. (WUSA) -- Of the thousands of people who came through the international arrivals section of Dulles International Airport on Monday, it can be safely said that only one was a 15- year-old girl from Bethesda, a rising sophomore at Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart, whose proud parents were beaming about their daughter's remarkable accomplishment, and jealousy guarding the gold medal that is every young swimmer's dream.
Three days after winning the 800 meter freestyle at the London Olympics with the second-fastest time in history, Katie Ledecky arrived at Dulles around seven o'clock Monday night, into the shrieking embrace of about a dozen classmates.
The youngest member of the U.S. Olympic team, Katie said she was overwhelmed by the entire Olympic experience. "It was amazing, so much fun, it was just a great experience, I loved it," Katie said.
As far as what she intends to do with the rest of her summer vacation, the American record holder in the 800 freestyle said she hopes to get a little rest before school begins in three weeks.