For athletes from Maryland, Rio was golden.
It began the first week with swimming, where locals won 12 golds, led by Michael Phelps’ five golds and Katie Ledecky’s four. Allison Schmitt (trained at North Baltimore Aquatic Club), Cierra Runge (trained at NBAC) and Jack Conger (Rockville) added one gold each in relays. Phelps was born in Baltimore and grew up in Rodgers Forge; Ledecky is from Bethesda.
Bel Air’s Chase Kalisz, Phelps, Ledecky and Schmitt also added silver medals the first week.