It was a good year to be an Olympic athlete from Maryland.
The U.S. Olympic Committee named Woodbine’s Kyle Snyder and Bethesda’s Katie Ledecky the Male Olympic Athlete of the Year and Female Olympic Athlete of the Year, respectively, at Wednesday’s Team USA Awards, while Clarksville’s Tatyana McFadden (Atholton) was honored as Female Paralympic Athlete of the Year.
Snyder, a senior at Ohio State, defeated Olympic and two-time world champion Abdulrashid Sadulaev of Russia to win the 97-kg gold medal and help the U.S. men claim their first freestyle world title in 22 years at the 2017 World Wrestling Championships. Snyder also won gold in 97 kg at the 2015 world championships and at the 2016 Rio Games. Baltimore’s Michael Phelps earned top honors last year.
Ledecky, a sophomore at Stanford, won five golds and one silver at the FINA World Championships. She set the women’s record for most career world championship gold medals with 14 overall and claimed her third straight world titles in the 400-, 800- and 1,500-meter freestyle. This is Ledecky’s second straight Athlete of the Year honor.
McFadden, the most decorated wheelchair marathon champion in history, took gold in all four of her events to tie for the most medals of any athlete at the 2017 World Para Athletics Championships in London.