Way back in 2006, Katie Ledecky stood in line to get an autograph from one of her idols—Olympian Michael Phelps.
Fast-forward 10 years later and they’re teammates on the USA Olympic Swimming Team. Not only that but the little girl in that photo is now a phenom in the pool. She’s been breaking records since she competed in the 2012 Olympics in London at just 15 and she just broke those same records in 2016.
Her total for Rio: four gold medals and one silver. And that silver was for a relay, meaning she swept every individual event.
They decided to recreate the photo, but switched places.
— USA Swimming (@USASwimming) August 15, 2016
It looks like Phelps is definitely happy to cheer on former teammates like Ledecky as they create their own paths in the pool.
Here’s what they had to say about one another, according to E! News:
“We are in great shape, not only with Katie but with the team that we have now,” Phelps said on Today Monday. “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.”
Still, Ledecky will continue to praise Phelps for his impact on her career.
“(Phelps has) had a huge impact on…a lot of the young swimmers on the team this year,” Ledecky also told Today. “I started watching him when I was 6 years old when I was first starting to get in the sport and to be on the team with him has been such an honor.”
She continued, “Not only to see his impact in the pool, but just here out of the pool as well. He’s really been a leader on this team and that’s why we came away with all these medals.”
For his part, Phelps took home five gold medals and one silver in Rio. That brings his total 28, securely cementing his place as the most decorated Olympian in history.