GOLD medalist Katie Ledecky said the medals she won in the Rio Olympics were “very special” but said the result “didn’t go down well with a lot of people”.
“I think a lot are kind of bummed because we’re a bit bit of a special generation, but also a bit disappointed,” Ms Ledecker said.
“It’s definitely a disappointment to be a part of it, but it’s a great feeling to have done it.
She’s a huge supporter of the Games, but she’s disappointed because she’s not happy with how the outcome went down.”
Ms Ledecko won silver in the 100m freestyle, bronze in the 400m freerestyle, 100m medley relay, and bronze in her individual medley.
At the start of her career, she was ranked as the number one freestyle athlete in the world.
But it took her five years to win her first Olympic medal.
Gold medallist Kelli Jones, who won silver at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, said she felt “a bit of regret” after missing out on a medal.
“I was really disappointed because I feel like I did really well and really well,” Ms Jones said.
“But it didn’t go in my favour.
If I’m going to win medals and it’s my only medal, it’s disappointing.
I feel like it was the wrong decision to not give me that medal.
It didn’t happen that way.”
Ms Jones said she was “a little bit disappointed” but felt “happy with how it went down”.
She added that she felt a sense of “fear” that the result might have gone against her.
“At the end of the day, I’m proud of what I’ve accomplished, but at the end, I feel a little bit of remorse that I didn’t get that medal,” she said.
“It’s a lot to be given.” AAP/ABC