Katie Ledecky Wants To Race The Men: GMM Presented By SwimOutlet.com

Gold Medal Minute presented by SwimOutlet.com

In the wake of the coronavirus cancellations, it’s challenging to get excited about this summer, but I’m pushing ahead. Olympic champion and swim star Katie Ledecky is clearly on track to wow fans at the U.S. Olympic Trials and the Olympic Games in Tokyo.  At the Des Moines Pro Swim she threw down times that aren’t unusual, but always exciting. Her 200 and 400 meter freestyles were very solid, and her mile was the 5th fastest of all-time. Ledecky not only blew away the women’s field, she would have notched a fifth place in the men’s 1500.  Given the opportunity, she would love to race with the men.

Ledecky – Des Moines Pro Swim Times:

  • 1500 – 15:29.51
  • 400 – 3:59.66
  • 200 – 1:54.59

U.S. Olympic Trials and Olympic Games Predictions:

I’m keeping this short and short. Provided coronavirus doesn’t derail the summer season, I think Ledecky could break the 400, 800 and 1500 meter free world records at the U.S. Olympic Trials in Omaha or at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. But who cares what I think…..what do you think?

Side note… After yesterday, which was so depressing with all of the cancellations, I watched this video, and it made me feel a little better. If you’re a Phelps fan, dive in.

Follow Katie Ledecky on Instagram here.



This is a Gold Medal Media production presented by SwimOutlet.com. Host Gold Medal Mel Stewart is a 3-time Olympic medalist and the co-founder of SwimSwam.com, a Swimming News website.

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10 months ago

YEEEEEEAAAAHHHHH!!!! Make it happen Mel!!!

Gold Medal Mel
Reply to  Olympian
10 months ago

Yesterday was rough w/all the meets being called off… My hope is that swimmers will stay focused on training and emerge from the coronavirus lockdown ready to swim fast in June…. As for tapered swimmers now, hoping they TT at their home club or college and swim fast. Not sure if that’s possible, but it appears that could start happening.

Reply to  Gold Medal Mel
10 months ago

Mel always makes great sense. Thank you for all of your contributions!!!

10 months ago

let her do that

Gold Medal Mel Stewart
Reply to  Carter10
10 months ago

We have to see this at some point, Ledecky against the men. I wonder, like all of us, if she’s staring eye-to-eye with men or chasing them, if her 1500 would be crazy fast.

Reply to  Gold Medal Mel Stewart
10 months ago

Or a women’s relay. But there aren’t that many women that even as a 4×400 (or whatever, three 400s and a 300) would keep up with her WR pace, so it’d have to be 8×200…

I’d watch that race for sure.

10 months ago

Her 400 & 800 free WR’s are so out there, I’d be psyched if she even gets close to them

Gold Medal Mel Stewart
Reply to  PhillyMark
10 months ago

Agreed…but I think she has WRs in the tank, depending on the circumstances.

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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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