Ten years ago, an ecstatic nine-year-old Katie Ledecky met a 21-year-old Michael Phelps, who had just racked up six gold medals at the '04 Athens Games. On Monday, the tables literally turned. Phelps got his teammate Ledecky's autograph, passing the Olympic torch to the new generation of record-breaking Gold winners. The occasion was shared by the US swim team on Instagram:
This cute moment also comes after this hilariously terrible newspaper headline shows that in this world, even if a woman breaks records and the man comes in second, the woman still comes in second to the man.
But Phelps made a point to tell the people that it was an honor for him to be on the team with her, and not just the other way around. He commented that Ledecky "breaks records every time she gets into the pool."
Now that the male Katie Ledecky has officially retired, the future of Team USA swimming is in great hands—hands that touch the wall 11.38 seconds before everyone else.
Plus, for any aspire Olympians out there, getting a picture with Phelps is a good omen for getting the gold.