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
1 month 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.

Steve Nolan
1 month ago

I think your first set of predictions will be closer. I haven’t exactly studied it enough to make a compelling case, but I don’t think she’s one to have huge taper drops.

And a 53.7 is probably right on the cusp of making the relay – I don’t think it’d place top 6, but also, she’s Katie Ledecky. So it’ll be fast enough to make it an infuriating judgment call by the coaching staff. (That call being, you kinda have to put her on it.)

Wild Bill
Reply to  Steve Nolan
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month ago

Huh? Troll on.

ALEXANDER POP-OFF
Reply to  Gold Medal Mel Stewart
1 month 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
1 month ago

👍🏾

Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel
Reply to  Steve Nolan
1 month ago

It’s a no brainer to leave her off the women’s 4 x100 meter freestyle relay:

Personal Best Times
Manuel – 52.04
Comerford – 52.59
Weitzeil – 53.18
Brown – 53.42
Huske – 53.46
Walsh – 53.74

Ledecky – 53.75 (15 Jan 2016)

Steve Nolan
Reply to  Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel
1 month ago

Ledecky split a 52.6 in 2016.

Manuel and Weitzeil are the only two that are definite picks over her. There are a handful of swimmers that I think could – and prolly will – jump her with big drops at Trials, but as of right now I couldn’t really say that.

Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel
Reply to  Steve Nolan
1 month ago

Ledecky split 53.83 (23 Jul 2017) in the women’s 4 x 100 meter freestyle relay at the 2017 FINA World Aquatics Championships. Ledecky of 2021 is not Ledecky from 2016.

2021 TYR Pro Swim Series
54.22 – April
54.74 – March

Weitzeil (53.68) absolutely smoked Ledecky (54.22) at the 2021 TYR Pro Swim – Mission Viejo.

Steve Nolan
Reply to  Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel
1 month ago

When’s Comerford’s best time from?

And Weitzeil is one of the two swimmers I said are obvious picks over Ledecky, but thank you for that stat.

There's no doubt that he's tightening up
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month ago

Allison Schmidt

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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.

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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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