Katie Ledecky won four gold medals and set two world records at the Olympics this summer. But on Wednesday, she had to concede what some 19-year-olds would consider an even more valuable prize — a free waffle maker.

Blame the NCAA.

In her appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Ledecky faced off against American Ninja Warrior’s Grant McCartney in a game of “Foot Flickers.” DeGeneres let both contestants know they’d be competing for a waffle maker.

But Ledecky — who moves into her freshman dorm at Stanford this week — made it clear she’s a college athlete now, meaning NCAA regulations prevent her from accepting gifts or “extra benefits” not authorized by the NCAA. Read more…

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Katie Ledecky won 4 gold medals but can’t have a free waffle maker