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Latest sports hall of fame inductees include Olympic swimmer Ledecky

Congratulations to the D.C. Sports Hall of Fame 2017 induction class that includes Bethesda native and Olympic swimmer Katie Ledecky along with Paul Tagliabue, Juan Dixon, Tom McMillen, Brenda Frese and former Washington Redskins defensive back and kick returner Mike Nelms.
Additionally, the class also included media celebrities Glenn Harris, Tony Kornheiser and Ron Weber who was a long-time Washington Capitals game announcer before he retired in 1997. These individuals were honored Sunday before the Washington Nationals-Atlanta Braves game at Nationals Park in Southeast D.C.

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Local Olympians honored in ceremony by county council

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MPI-0150Roger Berliner, Ashley Nee, Jack Conger, Katie Ladecky, Gabe Albornoz all celebrate the county’s participation in the Olympics. PHOTO BY MARK POETKER  

SILVER SPRING – Local Olympians stressed the importance of inspiring children to reach for their athletic dreams at a ceremony honoring their lofty feat at the Rio Olympics – seven gold medals.

A young local swimmer found that very inspiration in Bethesda Olympian Katie Ledecky’s awe-inspiring four gold medals at the summer Olympics, dedicating herself to her beloved sport year-round.

Like millions of Americans, Ellie Pearson and her family sat inside in August and watched the games in Rio de Janeiro, but Ledecky’s achievement had a special impact on her.

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2016 will go down in history as Maryland Gold!

As far as I’m concerned, the 2016 Rio Olympics will go down in history as the Maryland Olympics.

Athletes from the Old Line State dominated the field particularly in the sport of swimming, wrestling and basketball.

Ten athletes with Maryland ties helped the state earn 20 medals this year including 16 gold.

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Local church reaches out to Olympic hero Ledecky

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ROCKVILLE -- Havre de Grace Seventh-day Adventist Church is reaching out to U.S. gold medalist swimmer and Bethesda native Katie Ledecky to help raise awareness for the victims of last week’s fatal fire in Silver Spring.

The small church of about 20, mostly made up of immigrants from Haiti, decided to take a long shot and invited Ledecky to speak about the fire as the church gathers supplies, funds and French-speaking interpreters to help people displaced from the fire.

“We will do whatever can to get her attention, including the need to have compassion for people who are suffering,” said Rodney Charitable, the church’s pastor. “The best way to celebrate your success and achievement is to show compassion for others.”

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Nation's Capital Swim Club members dominate Rio

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Nation’s Capital Swim Club can now boast two more Olympic gold medalists in its ranks.

Nation’s Capital Swim Club alums Katie Ledecky and Jack Conger both earned medals in Rio, four golds and a silver for Ledecky and one gold for Conger.

The Swim Club has earned many accolades in its 38-year existence, including being named first in the nation in USA Swimming’s Club Excellence Program.

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