As a Washington D.C.-area native, it only seemed natural for the Washington Nationals to honor U.S. swimmer Katie Ledecky following her stellar performance at the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

So, on Wednesday, Ledecky was back in D.C. to throw out the first pitch prior to the Nationals’ game against the Baltimore Orioles. The U.S. swimmer said she practiced, and it showed. She delivered a strike. But the best part had to be her interaction with Washington outfielder Bryce Harper.

Walking out onto the field, Ledecky showed off all of her gold medals she received in Rio. Man, does that look heavy or what?

Once Ledecky got to the mound, she had to do something with all of that hardware. Thankfully, Harper was there to lend Ledecky a hand.

The picture spread like wildfire throughout Twitter and other platforms. With all of the weight of the medals gone, Ledecky delivered a quality first pitch.

It was no Jim Harbaugh first pitch, but it’s easy to see that Ledecky has had some experience throwing a baseball. Following the pitch, Ledecky thanked Harper via Twitter for assisting her.

As the 2015 National League MVP, it’s hard to imagine that Harper is asked to hold things for someone else very often. However, when you’re standing next to one of the most impressive Olympians of all time, you probably have to do what she says. Even if she’s only 19.

[SB Nation]

About Ryan Williamson

Ryan is a recent graduate of the University of Missouri and has recently returned to his Minnesota roots. He previously has worked for the Columbia Missourian, KFAN radio in Minneapolis and Feel free to email me at rwilliamson29 AT Gmail dot com.