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Katie Ledecky, you just won four golds and a silver at the Olympics. Where are you going?
The 19-year-old American swimmer will leave her suburban Washington home and head to Stanford next month. She'll swim for the Cardinal while juggling classes and maybe attending a football game or two.
"It's a new experience and it's going to be really neat," she said Saturday. "It's going to be really good for my athletic and academic pursuits."
Ledecky recently found out which dorm she'll live in on the Palo Alto, California, campus. But she won't meet her roommate until move-in day.
"Down the road I want to be a professional swimmer but first I want to get an education," she said. "These last four years would have been a little different if I'd been a professional for sure."
Ledecky's teammate, Missy Franklin, also won five medals _ four golds _at the 2012 London Games. Then she attended college at California for two years before turning pro. Franklin endured a rough time in Rio, failing to make the final in either the 200 freestyle or 200 backstroke. She earned a gold medal for swimming in the preliminaries of the victorious 4x200 free relay.
Franklin will return to the Cal campus in Berkeley this fall, not far from Ledecky's new campus.