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Great honour to be nominated for Laureus awards: Ledecky

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Nominated for the Laureus World of the Year award for the third straight year, American star said it's always "great honour" to be named among elite group of athletes for the coveted honour.

Ledecky, ranked among the best swimmers of all time, is a five-time Olympic gold medallist and 14-time world champion, the most accolades in history for a female

At the Rio Olympics, Ledecky won gold medals in the 800m freestyle, 400m freestyle, 200m freestyle and 200m freestyle relay events, besides a silver in the 400m freestyle relay competition.

And it was hardly surprising to find her name along side other top contenders -- Mikaela Shiffrin, aces and Garbine Muguruza, athletes like Allyson Felix and for the award.

"Yeah, it's a great honour. I believe this is the third straight year that I have been nominated and it's always an honour to be nominated and recognised by the international media, and Laureus For Good. They do so much for people around the world, and in sports," she said.

"So it's an honour to be recognised by such a prestigious group, and it's an honour to be nominated alongside some other tremendous athletes," Ledecky told a select group of journalists from across the world.

With legends like Mark Spitz, are Academy members, while is an award winner, Ledecky feels special to share the platform with the greats of the sport.

"I really respect those swimmers as athletes and what they have accomplished across their careers, and to be nominated for this award is a great honour," she said.

"Knowing what those swimmers have accomplished and being nominated for the same award is something that's really special," Ledecky added.

The Laureus World Awards will be held in on February 27.

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First Published: Sun, February 11 2018. 16:35 IST
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