Michael Phelps and Katie Ledecky are kind of our heroes right now. (In case you lost track, Ledecky and Phelps both won five medals this summer. Ledecky set two world records and Phelps ended his career with 28 total medals. Damnnnn.) And, that adorable picture of Ledecky getting Phelps’s autograph when she was little only made us want to hang out with them more.
And they just broke the Internet again when they recreated the picture — except this time their roles were reversed and Phelps was getting LEDECKY’S autograph. Awwwww! In an interview with Today, Phelps said,
“Katie’s doing her thing and she’s breaking records every time she gets in the pool. It’s been an honor for me to be a part of the team with her and some of the younger guys that we have coming up in the sport that are going to take over.”
And Ledecky sang Phelps’s praises in return, recalling how much she looked up to him growing up and how she loves being on a team with him.
This is seriously just giving us all the feels right now. Not only is it incredibly inspiring to see Ledecky become equals with her childhood hero (proving that dreams really do come true!), but it’s so awesome to see the legendary Phelps geek out over Ledecky right back.
Sometimes all is right in the world, and this is one of those times.