How Does Katie Ledecky Handle Bad Swim Practices?

Olympic swimming superstar Katie Ledecky loves Christmas Training. No surprises there. She’s a grinder, but does she have bad swim practices, and how does she handle them?

When Gators training partner and Olympic distance star Bobby Finke was asked about this, he just laughed, “oh, we have a lot of head-in-the-shower practices.”

Katie details a few tough workouts–sets where she actually missed her intervals.

Katie’s got 18 months under her belt in Florida, in her new pro-training environment. It’s too early for predictions, but Katie’s so consistent I think we can play the game. We can adjust as we move through the season.

Katie Ledecky 2023 World Championship Predictions.

  • 1500 free – At 2022 Worlds she was a 15:30. At 2023 Worlds I see 15:28 for gold.
  • 800 free – At 2022 Worlds Ledecky ripped 8:08. At 2023 Worlds she’s improves on that swim with 8:07 for the gold.
  • 400 free – At 2022 Worlds Ledecky was a 3:58.1. At 2023 Worlds, in the most exciting race of the competition, she’s a 3:57.3 for the silver. Australia’s Ariarne Titmus wins by a fingernail. Canada’s Summer McIntosh takes the bronze, stopping the clock with a new PB, 3:57.5.

But who cares what I think. It’s all about what you think. Drop your comments below.

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9 months ago

Katie Ledecky has bad practices? I thought she was superhuman?

9 months ago

I think if ledecky gonna swim the 200 in Paris she should swim it this year just to see where she at against international competition

Mr Piano
Reply to  Swimfan
9 months ago

As long as she has the 1500 in her schedule she will have enough speed for the 200

Mr Piano
Reply to  Mr Piano
9 months ago

Well that’s embarrassing lol, makes me look like a dumbass (which I am). I meant that she will NOT have enough speed.

Tea rex
9 months ago

Katie, if you ever have trouble dealing with a bad practice, remember it would probably be the best practice of my life 😄

9 months ago

Surprisingly reasonable predictions.

9 months ago

Honestly don’t know at this time who is going to win the 400, and you wouldn’t be wrong to pick any of the three. Titmus, world record holder, closer to her prime age than the other two, and has stated that she will have to go with a different strategy than Tokyo to win again. Ledecky, the GOAT, will probably attack the race early and be right there at the finish. McIntosh, sort of a wild card being that she is still so very young with plenty of untapped potential. Described by her coaches as very deliberate and methodical so you know she will most likely stick to her race plan which I believe will be similar to what we… Read more »

Reply to  Riser
9 months ago

Hard to argue with this.

Reply to  Riser
9 months ago

I think on women’s side it’s 400 free, 100 fly is the race to watch where the winners is not easy to predicts.

Tracy Kosinski
9 months ago

I say McIntosh touches for the gold, respectfully sir 🙂

Reply to  Tracy Kosinski
9 months ago

Titmus will win

9 months ago

common people on Christmas training: @_@

Katie on Christmas training: I really love Christmas training, it’s the time of year where I really start, bad practice happened to all of us, 400fly was fun, it makes fly in 400im easy .. 🙂 🙂 🙂

The Original Tim
Reply to  Gold Medal Mel Stewart
9 months ago

I remember one particularly hellacious winter training Friday-Saturday that coincided with a lock-in. 4:30-6:00am practice, 12:00-1:00pm running and other aerobic dry side exercises, 3:00-4:00pm weights, 4:00-6:00pm practice, 11:00pm-1:30am practice, then capped off with a 7:00-9:30am practice Saturday morning.

It was awful!

9 months ago

Always team Ledecky.

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Gold Medal Mel Stewart

MEL STEWART Jr., aka Gold Medal Mel, won three Olympic medals at the 1992 Olympic Games. Mel's best event was the 200 butterfly. He is a former World, American, and NCAA Record holder in the 200 butterfly. As a writer/producer and sports columnist, Mel has contributed to Yahoo Sports, Universal Sports, …

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