Katie Ledecky’s Stanford Olympic Training Camp Is the Secret Sauce

Gold Medal Minute presented by SwimOutlet.comOlympic 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.

NEW PREDICTIONS

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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RUN-DMC
4 months ago

Katie will save the 1:53 for Tokyo.

Your 53.7 is pretty accurate for the 100. I’ll go 53.6.

Otherwise I like your round 1 predictions better.

There's no doubt that he's tightening up
4 months ago

I don’t think Ledecky will PB in the 200 free at Trials when (a) it’s in the same session as the 1500 (b) her domestic competition isn’t that strong (unlike the international competition, which is absolutely stacked).

I see 1:54 mid at Trials, then lights out in Tokyo.

Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel
Reply to  Gold Medal Mel Stewart
4 months ago

Does anyone else post a sub 1:56 in the women’s 200 meter freestyle at the 2021 Olympic Team Trials?

Personal Best Times
Women’s 200 meter freestyle
Smith, Leah – 1:55.97 (27 Jul 2017)
Manuel, Simone – 1:56.09 (25 Jul 2019)
McLaughlin, Katie – 1:56.48 (09 Jun 2019)
Margalis, Melanie – 1:56.58 (27 Jul 2017)
Comerford, Mallory – 1:56.95 (28 Jun 2017)

CA Breedy
Reply to  Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel
4 months ago

Allison Schmidt

Unknown Swimmer

If I’m Ledecky (spoiler – I’m not), I don’t think she’s too worried about not making it in the 1500. She can focus on smoking that 200 and coast her way to 1,500 spot either way. The difference between 1:54 and 1:53 won’t make a difference on the 1,500. I think the main question is how rested she plans on being at Trials for that 100 relay spot.

Hswimmer
4 months ago

1:52 in Tokyo she’s been showing a lot of speed I think she could challenge the WR.

Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel
Reply to  Gold Medal Mel Stewart
4 months ago

My prediction for Katie Ledecky’s potential in the women’s 200 meter freestyle:

Time
1:53.53

Splits
0:55.43 (09 Aug 2016)
0:58.10 (06 Mar 2020)

To combine that front half with that back half would be amazing.

First to the 25
Reply to  Gold Medal Mel Stewart
4 months ago

People thinking that’s Yozhik

But I raise you Bobo Gigi

Last edited 4 months ago by First to the 25
Wild Bill
4 months ago

If she is on the relay, Katie will do better than the 52.64 split ( prelims ) from 2016.

ALEXANDER POP-OFF
Reply to  Wild Bill
4 months ago

Ledecky is Ledecky (ie undeniably great) but USA swimming has to be hoping that 4 pure sprinters will be faster — Manuel, Weitzeil, Walsh, Huske, Brown, Comerford?

Breezeway
Reply to  ALEXANDER POP-OFF
4 months ago

and you put a question mark next to Manuel’s name for “hoping to be faster than 52.6”?

ALEXANDER POP-OFF
Reply to  Breezeway
4 months ago

Huh? Troll on.

ALEXANDER POP-OFF
Reply to  Gold Medal Mel Stewart
4 months ago

No doubt! Breezeway had a bit of trouble reading my comment I guess (i.e. WHICH 4 swimmers).

Breezeway
Reply to  ALEXANDER POP-OFF
4 months ago

👍🏾

Mr Piano
4 months ago

Your first predictions are way more accurate. I was starting to think, hey, maybe Mel’s getting the hang of making realistic predictions?

JimSwim22
Reply to  Gold Medal Mel Stewart
4 months ago

Where are the tenths and hundredths?

CA Breedy
Reply to  Gold Medal Mel Stewart
4 months ago

I’m going with Mel’s 2nd predictions-except i think she may go faster in the 400-
Maybe 3:57.7😊

Daniel Smith
4 months ago

Mel: I’ll be the naysayer and say I agree with your Version 1. Lot of events for Katie at Trials(and a bunch of swims), and to conserve energy she needs to do what it takes to win. HOWEVER, in ’16 we were all treated to Katie going out under WR pace in the 400 free in the final—the “WHOA” when she turned at the 50, 100, and 150 was electrifying And, I suspect she likes to provide a show too….so, faster than Ver 1? Maybe, but in selected events. 2free: 1:54-mid/high finishes top two. I’d expect a finals show in at least one event…400? A throw down for Titmus? Who knows. The 100? Yes, prelims only, they can always TT… Read more »

Yozhik
Reply to  Gold Medal Mel Stewart
4 months ago

Does anybody keep records of those TT during camp. I was always interested what Ledecky showed at TT that made coaches to try her in the morning 4×100 relay. After that there were no more questions.
She didn’t earn the spot on this relay at Trials being 7th in 100FR.

Last edited 4 months ago by Yozhik
MarkB
Reply to  Yozhik
4 months ago

According to USA Swimming rules, ANYONE that is on the team taken to the Olympic Games is eligible for a relay.

Yozhik
Reply to  MarkB
4 months ago

Yes, I know that. My question was actually about time Ledecky showed at Time Trial if there was such. Her official best time at 100FR is 53.75. But there are no doubts she was much faster than that in Rio. I would like to know what was that time she showed at TT to convince coaches that she is the girl for relay. There were some controversial decisions about this relay. Like letting Vollmer to swim final race. But there wasn’t such a thing about choosing Ledecky. So what was that Ledecky’s personal best in 100FR. At this point I can only guess having her relay start 52.6.

Last edited 4 months ago by Yozhik
iLikePsych
Reply to  Yozhik
4 months ago

Agreed on the controversial decisions. And we know that the men had TT results where Phelps showed he deserved being on it. But maybe they just gave a prelims leg to Katie since she was 7th at trials while obviously not being tapered?

Yozhik
Reply to  iLikePsych
4 months ago

Maybe there wasn’t TT in Rio for Ledecky and the decision of placing her on the morning relay was driven by some other considerations that we will never know.
But Mel is sure that it was. And that his answer raised my question what was Katie’s time then.
I will ask Mel that when he interviews Ledecky next time tell her that Yozhik is very interested what her time was at TT in Rio. Maybe she remembers 😀

Togger
4 months ago

I genuinely think the Pro Series might have been her main pre-Olympic meet.

She’s going to qualify comfortably in every individual event and can TT the hundred at camp.

At this stage in her career, all that matters is golds in Tokyo. She’s an incredible competitor who’ll be frustrated not to bring the full fire in Omaha, but I think she knows that for her more than anyone it’s just a stepping stone so she’ll still be training pretty hard close to it.

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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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