Katie Ledecky is turning pro.
The five-time Olympic swimming gold medalist gave up her final two years of eligibility at Stanford, allowing her to concentrate on training for the 2020 Olympics while cashing in on sponsorship and endorsement deals that wouldn't have been available to her as a college athlete.
Other than the financial windfall, Ledecky isn't planning any big changes. She will continue training on the West Coast under coach Greg Meehan while working toward her degree at Stanford, where she's been focused on psychology and political science.
"It's something I could've done in two years once I completed my eligibility, but this gives me some time...