Katie Ledecky earns AP female athlete of year for 2nd time


              Katie Ledecky speaks during a Zoom interview with the Associated Press on Dec. 16, 2022.  The American swimmer turned in another stellar performance at the world championships, set a pair of world records, and capped 2022 as The Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year by a panel of 40 sports writers and editors from news outlets across the country. (AP Photo)
            
              FILE - Gold medalist Katie Ledecky of the United States poses with her medal after the Women 800m Freestyle final at the 19th FINA World Championships in Budapest, Hungary, Friday, June 24, 2022. The American swimmer turned in another stellar performance at the world championships, set a pair of world records, and capped 2022 as The Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year by a panel of 40 sports writers and editors from news outlets across the country. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek, File)
            FILE - Katie Ledecky, of the United States, competes in the women's 1500-meter freestyle at the FINA Swimming World Cup meet in Toronto, Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022. The American swimmer turned in another stellar performance at the world championships, set a pair of world records, and capped 2022 as The Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year by a panel of 40 sports writers and editors from news outlets across the country. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP, File) FILE - Katie Ledecky, of the United States, celebrates after breaking the world record in the 1500-meter freestyle at the FINA Swimming World Cup meet in Toronto on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022. The American swimmer turned in another stellar performance at the world championships, set a pair of world records, and capped 2022 as The Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year by a panel of 40 sports writers and editors from news outlets across the country. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP, File)