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Katie Ledecky Asked Michael Phelps for His Autograph a Decade Ago -- See the Adorable Pic!

by Desiree Murphy 3:36 PM PDT, August 10, 2016
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While sports fans all over the world are still raving over Katie Ledecky and Michael Phelps' impressive gold medal wins at the 2016 Rio Olympics, Twitter is buzzing with another memorable (and super adorable!) moment the two swimmers from Team USA shared a decade ago.

On Tuesday, ESPN sports business reporter Darren Rovell posted a cute throwback pic of a cheery 9-year-old Ledecky meeting the most decorated Olympian of all time.

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"10 years ago: A 9-year-old named Katie Ledecky gets an autograph from Michael Phelps," Rovell captioned it.

Fans were quick to comment on the sweet snapshot, writing things like, "OMG I love this, I'm getting emotional all over again!!" "That's very cool, look at her now," and "Look at Katie's shining eyes! Adorbs."

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Ledecky, now 19, also met NBA legend Michael Jordan back in the day. Rovell reminded his followers that "Jordan got 2 medals" while "the little girl he's holding now has 3."

Back then, Ledecky probably never would have guessed she'd be competing in the Olympics alongside her idol and Team USA. But it happened, and she now has this epic photo to prove it:

Photo: Getty Images

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Ledecky has been crushing the competition in Rio -- she won gold in both the women's 200m and 400m freestyle, and silver in the women's 4x100 freestyle relay. The Washington, D.C., native nabbed her first gold medal at the 2012 Olympics in London.

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Meanwhile, Phelps made history again by winning three more gold medals in the men's 4x100m freestyle relay, 200m butterfly and 4x200m individual relay. The 31-year-old athlete now has a total of 25 medals, the most of any Olympic athlete.

Hear more highlights from the 2016 Rio Olympics in the video below.

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