— -- How many Olympic gold-medal winners do you see in this picture from a Washington Wizards game from the 1999-2000 season?
Well, there's obviously Michael Jordan, who won gold with the U.S. men's basketball team in 1984 and 1992. But Ted Leonsis (pictured bottom, center) -- the owner of the Wizards, Washington Capitals and Washington Mystics -- never stood atop a medal stand, nor did attorney George Stamos (sitting to Leonsis' left), nor did the man next to Jordan in the back row.
But Jon Ledecky (also not an Olympic medalist), then a part-owner of the Capitals and now the majority owner of the New York Islanders, brought his 2-year-old niece, Katie, to the game. That's her in the front row next to Leonsis. Sixteen years later, Katie Ledecky is a two-time gold medal winner and just broke her own world record in the 400m freestyle in Rio. Not bad for the girl who just happened to be in the luxury box the day Jordan was announced as a minority owner of the Wizards.
Katie Ledecky will get a chance to surpass Jordan's Olympic gold medal total Monday night when she competes in the 200m freestyle. She posted the fastest time of anyone in the qualifying heats.