Olympic and World Champion distance swimming icon Katie Ledecky has the secret sauce, and it’s in the details of Stanford’s Olympic training camp. What I find most interesting is that during the pandemic Ledecky trained with teammate Simone Manuel, and often it was only the two of them, mano a mano. Image that. Team USA’s most celebrated distance star and sprint star training eye-to-eye. I think we’re going to see Ledecky swim well in the shorter events, 100 free and certainly 200 free. Ledecky has already dropped a 1:54 200m free in-season. And I think Simone’s 200 free will be very strong, netting her a spot on the U.S. Women’s Olympic 4×200 free relay.
U.S. OLYMPIC TRIALS KATIE LEDECKY PREDICTIONS – VERSION 2!
Yes. I’m playing again, because Ledecky made me look like a wimp in version 1. I was off. My last Trials prediction were:
1:54.5 – 200 free
3:59.1 – 400 free
8:09 – 800 free
15:29 – 1500 free
AND – I said she’s not likely to swim 100 free.
1:53.6 – 200 free
3:58.1 – 400 free
8:08 – 800 free
15:27 – 1500 free
And she swims 100 free in the prelims dropping a 53.7.
But who cares what I think? I want to know what you think? Give me your best expert swimming analysis.
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