Ledecky’s Times In Practice Are Ridiculous: GMM presented by SwimOutlet.com

Gold Medal Minute presented by SwimOutlet.com

Olympic champion Katie Ledecky came off of an Olympic Training Center camp before the Richmond Pro Swim,  and, yes, she did things in practice I’m confident no other woman has ever done.

  • 20 x 100m free on 1:40, holding under a minute on half of them.
  • 400m IM set, descending. On the last 400, Ledecky swam it 400m free, dropping a 4:10…from a push.

Ledecky, as expected, is doing the hard work, striving to inspire and impact the sport. I love that she sounds a little like Michael Phelps, thought Phelps rarely, if ever, shared his practice repeats. If anyone knows of legendary Phelps sets, please share in the comments. 


After Australia’s Ariarne Titmus dipped under 4 minutes, I think it’s time for Ledecky to send a message.  True, Titmus is three seconds off of Ledecky’s 3:56. That’s not exactly close, but it’s too close, and I’m looking for any motivation for Ledecky to go 3:55.7 at World Championships this summer. Ledecky has been under four minutes 15 times.  3:55.7 feels right. And it’s Ledecky. Anything is possible.

But who cares what I think. What do you think?

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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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1 year ago

4:31 500y free from a push is just absurd… how many guys out there are dropping 4:13s at the end of practice?

Reply to  Paul
1 year ago

suited and with a start conservatively drops it to a 4:27…

1 year ago

Are we surprised? All elite can do some phenomenal things in practice! It is the “cart before the horse or horse before the cart” theory. The reason they are elite is that they can do those unbelievable things in practice!

Reply to  Gold Medal Mel Stewart
1 year ago

Mel, we all know “practice swimmers” and “meet swimmers” i.e. people who outperform their meets in practice vs people who outperform their practices in meets. Based on some of the stuff I’ve heard in videos like this and elsewhere, and also based on Bob Bowman’s FINA presentation on Phelps’ winter 2003 training, it seems to me that Katie and Michael were astonishingly both “practice swimmers” whose meet performances seem almost tame compared to what they can do at practice. How typical is that on the elite level? I hope my question makes sense, it’s a tough one to put into words but I’ve been thinking about it for a while.

Joel Lin
Reply to  Eagleswim
1 year ago

Back in the day Ders went 100×100 on the 1:20 & set the cruise control to repeating 1:08s leaving 3 seconds after the guy who took it out for the lane.

Didn’t even make a big deal out of it later. It’s called confidence, kids.

1 year ago

4.10 for 400m IM? Really? That would have been a world record!! Probably 400y?

Reply to  tnp101
1 year ago

Last one was free

Reply to  tnp101
1 year ago

Sounds like she did the last one freestyle

Reply to  PhillyMark
1 year ago

Oh, that would make sense. Sorry my bad. Reread the writing again.

Prison MIke
Reply to  Gold Medal Mel Stewart
1 year ago

this could have been worded that better, it’s not very clear

Reply to  Prison MIke
1 year ago

Should be a little obvious

Reply to  Gold Medal Mel Stewart
1 year ago

Yes, thank you 😉

Reply to  Prison MIke
1 year ago

Um. She’s not going 4:10 LCM IM

Reply to  Swimgeek
1 year ago

No one said that she did.

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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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