Jack Conger Among Group of U.S. Swimmers Held Up at Gunpoint
News and notes about Montgomery County athletes at the Rio Olympic games
Rockville’s Jack Conger was among a group of four U.S. swimmers held up at gunpoint early Sunday morning in Rio while in a taxi that was stopped by people posing as armed police officers, according to the U.S. Olympic Committee.
Conger and the other three athletes—including Olympic veteran Ryan Lochte—are safe and cooperating with authorities, according to a statement put out by the U.S. Olympic Committee Sunday.
The swimmers had left a party at the French hospitality house set up for the Rio games and were on their way back to the athletes’ village. Ileana Lochte, Ryan Lochte’s mom, told USA Today the robbers took the swimmers’ wallets.
Rio is Conger’s first Olympics. The 21-year-old, a three-time “All Met Swimmer of the Year” at Good Counsel who now swims for the University of Texas, won gold as part of the U.S. 4×200-meter freestyle relay team.
After cruising to a new world record time Friday night in the 800-meter freestyle, Bethesda’s Katie Ledecky finished her Olympics with four gold medals and a silver medal.
Now, the 19-year-old will prepare to start her freshman year at Stanford, where she plans to swim for at least one year before turning pro.
“I’m only 19 years old and I only really want to represent myself and my family and my coach and my teammates,” Ledecky said at a Saturday press conference when asked about the potential for lucrative endorsement deals. “I don’t really feel like I need to represent something bigger than that right now. I think down the road, I would love to be a pro swimmer.”
Some have already turned their attention to what Ledecky can do in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
U.S. head women’s swim coach David Marsh told NBC Sports, “I hope that what she does is kind of broaden her approach,” saying Ledecky could be successful in the 400-meter individual medley event that includes breaststroke, backstroke, butterfly stroke and freestyle.
On Monday, Ledecky joined Michael Phelps on the The Today Show to talk about her week.
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