The Olympic swimmer on setting "unreasonable" goals, beating her personal best, and prioritizing fun.

By Chelsey Hamilton 
Updated: August 18, 2016
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Swimmer Katie Ledecky famously credits her success to hard work and perseverance; but the 19-year-old athlete's upbeat, carefree attitude also reminds us not to take life too seriously. As a five-time Olympic gold medalist, nine-time world champion, and the current world-record holder for the women’s 400-meter and 800-meter freestyle, Ledecky has clearly found a winning balance. Here are just a few of the times she inspired us during this summer's Games in Rio.

On aiming high

On her teammate Michael Phelps

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On prioritizing fun

On beating her personal best

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On setting 'unreasonable' goals

On her final races in Rio

On who she is