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Ledecky maintains normalcy after London

Updated: January 4, 2013, 1:20 PM ET
By Melissa Isaacson

There was a hero's welcome when she arrived home from London this past August. The celebration at the airport, the throng of cameras and microphones, invitations to the White House and to a Nationals game to throw out the ceremonial first pitch all awaited her. But Katie Ledecky had other things on her mind.

There were the summer reading assignments to finish up, an essay due on the first day of her sophomore year at Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart in Bethesda, ...

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