The five-time Olympic champion swimmer shares her locking challenge and is looking forward to making a “double” in Tokyo, when she will make her debut in the 1500 meters freestyle.
They say that the absence makes the heart more lively and the five-time winner of the Olympic gold medal Katie Ledecky I can’t wait to see her family.
The swimming superstar revealed at the Summit of the US Olympic and Paralympic Committee on the eve of the Tokyo 2020 Games in 2021 that she had not seen her closest relationship for a year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“I think it adds a little extra thrust to all of us,” the 24-year-old said on Thursday (April 8th). “I think we really want to show the world all the great work we’ve had. I haven’t seen my family, not a single family member, in over a year.
“It’s something I miss and I want to make this time I’ve spent just doing my craft and training very, very strenuous and all of that, I want to make sure it’s worth it. I really want to make them proud of me and everyone in the United States when I compete. “
Ledecky is very close to her family and enjoyed their support by the pool next to the 2012 London Olympics and the 2016 Rio Olympics.
“I meet FaceTime two or three times a day, so I’m very used to it and I enjoy it.
“Both my immediate family and several members of the extended family came to London and Rio. So I know they’re going to miss the opportunity to be in Tokyo, but I know they’re just excited to have that opportunity ahead of me.
“I hope we can all get together at some point in the fall or whatever and just take a little time to relax and be together. Maybe a little cake or pizza or something. “
Men do not work double / 1500m
Ledecky may have already competed in two Olympics, but there will be at least one first for her in Tokyo.
In the 1500 meters freestyle, women will be on the Olympic swimming program for the first time. As a world record holder, Ledecky is eager to make history for her nation in that case.
“I think so many great swimmers have gone through the U.S. who haven’t had that opportunity (1500m freestyle),” she said. “So I want to take that opportunity and really get us started on a really great note. It’s one of my favorite races, one of my best races.”
But the challenge of doing it successfully is almost as logistical as it is physically.
There will be two swimming sessions a day at the Tokyo Games; one in the morning and the other in the evening after the break.
Ledecky intends to swim in the 200m, 400m, 800m and 1500m freestyle, as well as in the 4x200m freestyle relay.
Her mammoth schedule means the American will have to swim two grueling long-distance races, twice, in one session, which would not be the case if she were a male.
“With the addition of 1,500 free ones, there is a possibility that there will be a double or two doubles on my schedule, ”she continued. “So, 200 free and 1500 free preliminary rounds are in the same session for women, and 200 and 1500 free finals are also in the same session.
“So, it’s a small challenge for me and something I’m really training for.
“I would point out that men do not have that double. But I’m excited about the challenge and I’m excited to really show my reach. “
“You can finally feel that excitement”
On April 14, a big milestone will be reached with 100 days until the start of the Olympic Games in Tokyo.
This sign is especially shocking in 2021, given that the Games were postponed until it was achieved last year.
“Every day this year is exciting in that we are getting closer and you can finally feel that excitement,” she continued. “We are holding the last preparations and in the end we will start to rest and swim fast.
“It’s fun to swim fast and be all together and swim against the best in the country at the Olympic trials and hopefully the best in the world at the Games. It will fly for a hundred days. “