Manuel: Ledecky “Wasn’t Going to Fall Asleep” Until Hug after Gold


Simone Manuel had one last surprise awaiting her after her historic tie for gold with Canada’s Penny Oleksiak in the 100 free last night. Her teammate and roommate Katie Ledecky (who will chase down the 800 free world record tonight) stayed up to see her after the race.

“Katie was actually up when I got back.” Manuel said “It was about 2:30am. I opened the door and she got up and gave me a hug and said ‘I wasn’t going to fall asleep until I gave you a hug’ and that really meant a lot to me. She didn’t have to say much after that because her staying up said enough in itself.”

Manuel says that she didn’t stay up celebrating last night, with the 50 free prelims this morning and the semis tonight.

“Didn’t get much sleep last night,” she said. “No I didn’t celebrate too much. I wanted to do well in the 50 and I had the relay coming up so I just wanted to refocus. I feel a little tired but hopefully I can do better tonight (in the semifinals).”

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Hint of Lime
4 years ago

What a friendship! Such a nice moment to hear about.

4 years ago

It’s such a joy to read about these kids!
The USA’s team spirit has been really, really terrific!!

4 years ago

I am so proud of her, and her comments following the race. As noted, there were a lot of brave swimmers who came before her. Commings, Ritz, Norment, Sabir, Silva, Tico Clark, others.

Sadly, David Marsh’s interview during Jaeger’s mile shows how clueless and painlessly unaware he is on this topic.

Sean S
Reply to  Marge
4 years ago

What did he say on the matter?

Reply to  Sean S
4 years ago

“…during the camps she was kind of low key a little bit in the beginning, as the camps went on, we started hearing her more and more in the back of the buses.”

Reply to  Marge
4 years ago

Wow, that is just NOT cool.

Lori Jo
Reply to  Marge
4 years ago

Wow, if Coach Marsh’s comments were perceived as offensive in anyway, the issue does not lie with him. The bus he is referring to is the team bus and guess who sits there? ALL the young newbies most likely. I am so blown away by this comment and perceived insensitivity. Something is terribly wrong when a Coach gets this kind of accusation in support of his athlete.

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