At an SI cover shoot, Katie Ledecky got her medals arranged by a man who knows his way around Olympic accolades: Michael Phelps.
Katie Ledecky is one of the breakout stars of the 2016 Olympics. Luckily for her she is getting some tips on the finer points of superstardom from someone who has been there before: teammate Michael Phelps.
During a recent photoshoot for this week’s Sports Illustrated cover, the 23-time gold medalist helped teach Ledecky, the proud new owner of four gold medals and a silver, the art of layering for photoshoots.
The honors were hung perfectly by the time the pair of legendary swimmers posed with fellow American Olympic standout Simone Biles. The gymnast had three golds to wear at the shoot, but added a bronze to her collection on Monday night and is expected to medal in the floor exercise final on Tuesday.
The three athletes also appeared on SI’s Olympic preview issue cover in July, along with Kevin Durant, Alex Morgan, Ashton Eaton and Allyson Felix.
Watch the full behind the scenes video of Phelps giving Ledecky the assist above.
– Brendan Maloy