A rising star

Katie Ledecky, the youngest U.S. Olympian in 2012, took home a gold medal in the women's 800m Freestyle in a huge upset over Great Britain's Becky Adlington -- and came within half a second of breaking Adlington's current World Record.Ledcky is just 15 years old and the 2012 Olympics is her first international meet. She has been dramatically dropping huge chunks off her personal best in the last year or so, so of course, questions about doping were the first to arise after her win.It's a shame that such allegations would mar the occasion, much like China's 16-year-old Ye Shiwen faced earlier in the Games. It is not unusual for swimmers of such young ages to have more drastic time-shaving in their swims. Michael Phelps dropped nearly five seconds off his Butterfly time between the ages of 14 and 15 when he qualified for the 2000 Sydney Olympics.-- Andrea Reiher, Zap2it
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