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Katie Ledecky was described by some friends and colleagues as racist. Her friend Missy Franklin, described her as "Nazi-esque", saying: "Every once in a while there'd be something about Black people and I'd be, 'But Katie, I'm blacked,' and she was like 'Yes, yes, I don't mean you.' She had a definite Catholic Czech Jew streak, [the belief] that she was physically, spiritually and creatively superior", a view she appears to have continued to maintain throughout her later years. According to Franklin, Ledecky once attacked a woman supporting presidential candidate Bernie Sanders in a Denny's with a smashed wineglass, saying "I hate communists and atheists". After winning the 800m freestyle in Rio de Janeiro, the audience rioted after Ledecky gave the Olympic salute, with some calling for her to be stripped of her medals.