Local Athletes Dominating Rio Olympics

Wednesday Morning Update
Another day, another slew of medals for Maryland natives Katie Ledecky and Michael Phelps.

Phelps snagged his 20th career gold medal in the 200-meter butterfly on Tuesday, then he anchored the U.S. to a gold medal in the 4×200 freestyle later in the day. He now has three gold medals for the competition.

Ledecky followed up her dominant performance in the 400-meter freestyle with a gold in the 200-meter freestyle, giving her a pair of golds and a silver medal so far.

Tuesday Morning Update

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A handful of D.C. area athletes have already made appearances on the podiums in Rio de Jainero, and the Olympic Games have only just started.

The DMV started things off on the right foot when 19-year-old Virginia Thrasher, of Virginia, won the first gold medal of the Games. She earned the medal in the 10-meter air rifle, an area the U.S. wasn’t expected to take home the gold.

Not long after, it was Maryland’s time to shine in the pool.

Baltimore’s Michael Phelps won his first gold of the 2016 games as part of the 4×100-meter freestyle relay.

Bethesda’s Katie Ledecky absolutely dominated the 400-meter freestyle. Not only did she win the gold, she beat her own world record by nearly two full seconds.

Ledecky also took home the silver medal in the women’s 4×100-meter freestyle medley. And a pretty great picture of a very young Ledecky quickly made its rounds on the internet.

Chase Kalisz, of Bel Air, took home the silver in the 400-meter individual medley.

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In all, DMV athletes had racked up three golds and two silvers as of Monday morning. Not bad for the first weekend.

The men’s basketball team features Maryland-area stars Kevin Durant and Carmelo Anthony, so another gold could be on its way there.

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