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Ledecky continued her banner year Saturday by shattering the American record in the 1,650-yard freestyle at the Winter National Championships. The 16-year-old from Bethesda, Md., beat all her competitors Saturday by at least 39½ seconds.
"She's not normal," said U.S. coach Dave Salo, marveling at another world-record performance by the 16-year-old from Bethesda, Md., who doesn't even have her driver's license yet.
Lochte swam three races in less than two hours at the world championships, coming away with two gold medals and the top time in an event he's competing in for the first time at a major international meet.
Ledecky completed her 200 meters in 1:56.32, leaving the Americans in the lead, but Missy Franklin had to overtake Australia's Alicia Coutts with a 1:54.27 final leg to give the U.S. the gold.
Franklin gave up her bid to win eight golds in Barcelona, scratching the 50 back so she could focus on the 200 free. That decision paid off Wednesday night when she touched first in 1 minute, 54.81 seconds.
The 16-year-old from Bethesda, Md., barely missed the world record in the 400 freestyle, but there was no doubt it would fall in the 1,500. Ledecky and defending world champion Lotte Friis went at it stroke for stroke much of the race, the Danish swimmer slightly ahead.
While Franklin's potential was well known before London, Bethesda native Ledecky burst onto the scene a year ago as a 15-year-old when she won the 800 free with the second fastest time in history.
Combat helicopter pilot Prince Harry of Britain along with Olympic swimming champion Missy Franklin joined an American naval officer who was blinded in Afghanistan in launching the Warrior Games for wounded service members.
Olympic champions Gabby Douglas, Missy Franklin and Evan Lysacek shed their athletic garb and slipped on slinky duds to walk the red carpet at the Golden Globes.