Adorable snap shows young Kaylee McKeown posing with her icon and Olympic teammate Emily Seebohm

‘Where it started’: Kaylee McKeown’s sister shares an adorable throwback snap of the young Olympian hugging her Aussie competitor Emily Seebohm after both girls stood on the gold podium together in Tokyo

  • Kaylee’s sister Taylor McKeown shared adorable photo to her Instagram page
  • She captioned the post ‘How one icon inspired another’ following Kaylee’s win
  • Kaylee won gold in the 100m and 200m backstroke finals at Tokyo Olympics
  • Seebohm came in third in 200m and McKeown invited her to the top of podium   

Kaylee McKeown’s sister Taylor has shared an adorable snap of the recent gold medallist from when she was just a little girl posing with her childhood hero and now Olympic teammate Emily Seebohm.

McKeown, 20, won the gold in both her 200m and 100m backstroke finals at the Tokyo Games this week with Seebohm, 29, also finishing third in the 200m event on Saturday.

In a heartwarming display of true sportsmanship, McKeown asked Seebohm to stand beside her on the first place podium while they posed for photos with their medals.

After the race, McKeown’s older sister Taylor shared a throwback picture of the pair to Instagram with Kaylee at the time years away from her first gold but ever inspired by swimming champion Seebohm.

‘How one icon inspired another. This is where it started VS where it’s at,’ she said after sharing a photo of the pair with their medals.

‘A truly inspirational duo for the world to see.’

Kaylee McKeown’s sister Taylor has shared an adorable snap of the recent gold medallist from when she was just a little girl posing with her childhood hero and now Olympic teammate Emily Seebohm

In a heartwarming display of true sportsmanship, McKeown asked Seebohm to stand beside her on the first place podium after she won the 200m backstroke final

In a heartwarming display of true sportsmanship, McKeown asked Seebohm to stand beside her on the first place podium after she won the 200m backstroke final

After their 200m backstroke final on Saturday, Australia watched on with pride as Seebohm placed McKeown’s gold medal around her neck.

‘Em has been around for so long and I speak so highly of her and for a reason. It made sense for her to be up there with me,’ McKeown told Channel 7.

‘I had a tear in my eye.’

Seebohm, who is competing at her fourth Olympics was overcome with emotion after winning bronze. 

'Em has been around for so long and I speak so highly of her and for a reason. It made sense for her to be up there with me,' McKeown told Channel 7

‘Em has been around for so long and I speak so highly of her and for a reason. It made sense for her to be up there with me,’ McKeown told Channel 7

Both McKeown and Seebohm are seen embracing after their sensational 200m backstroke win

Both McKeown and Seebohm are seen embracing after their sensational 200m backstroke win

‘I never thought this was going to happen again,’ she told Channel 7 in between tears.

‘I’m so proud, the team has done so well, it’s been an absolute dream to be on this team. It’s been the favourite thing of my entire career being on this team.

‘I feel like a bit of a fine wine at the moment – it gets better as it ages.’  

Saturday’s win makes McKeown the first Australian woman to win gold in the 200m backstroke in Olympic history.

Splitting the race between the two Aussies was Canada’s Kylie Masse who will take home the silver.

Earlier this week McKeown won the 100m backstroke final earning her first gold.

The pair shared a hug as Seebohm placed McKeown’s second gold medal around her neck

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