As Katie Ledecky swims for gold, her grandmother watches from Williston

Published: Aug. 8, 2016 at 10:19 PM CDT
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As America's swimming sweetheart Katie Ledecky competes in Rio, a member of her family is watching on from Williston.

A flag with the Olympic Rings waves proudly outside the home of Kathleen Hagan, grandmother to Katie Ledecky.

"I know her as a little girl growing up, and now, she's still a little girl as far as I'm concerned," says Hagan.

The 90-year old is cheering on her granddaughter. Even thousands of miles away from the competition, she gets nervous.

"Well I get nervous for Katie. I was really worried yesterday, I didn't think she could win that one yesterday," says Hagan.

But not only did Katie win, she smashed the world record by a full second to claim the gold medal.

"She took the lead and she never. My son was here, the one boy from Billings, and he and I were out at the ARC last night, and we looked at each other and we knew it was in her, that she was going to do it," says Hagan.

Hagan has a tight bond with her granddaughter.

"One of my granddaughters got married last October in Vail, Colorado, and she and I shared a bedroom together, so we had a big visit then, and I need one of those," says Hagan.

While tonight Ledecky finished second in her semi-final heat, tomorrow is another race. And Hagan will be cheering on from Williston.

Ledecky will swim for gold in four more events this summer. She already has a gold and a silver so far.

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