16 August, 2016
Early in the 2016 Rio Olympics, a photo of Ledecky receiving the autograph from Phelps surfaced.
The picture was posted to Ledecky's Facebook page with the caption, "Recreating a 10-year-old photo.in reverse!"
Ledecky and Phelps appeared together on the Today show Monday morning and, in her first question, Ledecky was asked about what Phelps has meant to the team.
"Katie's doing her thing and she's breaking records every time she gets in the pool", Phelps said.More news: Ex-University of Colorado student gets 2 years for sex asault
While pursuing her dreams, Ledecky got an opportunity to meet an accomplished Olympian - Michael Phelps.
"I started watching him when I was six years old when I started getting into the sport", she said as Phelps, Matt Lauer and the rest of the crew began laughing at the ridiculousness of it all.
Now, it's Ledecky who's killin' it in the pool - she just scored herself 5 medals (4 gold!) and blew her competition out of the water.
Now that Ledecky is 19 and has won five gold medals of her own, roles have been reversed. "He's really been a leader on this team and that's why we came away with all these medals".