Michael Phelps Praises Katie Ledecky’s World Record Performance – Video Interview

Michael Phelps, the greatest swimmer to ever grace the water, had great things to say about young distance freestyle star Katie Ledecky after she broke the 400m freestyle world record at the US Nationals in Irvine, CA.

WITH A NEW WORLD RECORD OF 3:58.86, IT IS KATIE LEDECKY!!! Ledecky attacked the front half as she normally does, going out under WR pace. She stayed pace under the whole way, but the crowd was anxiously watching her splits as she approached the 300 and 350 mark. Pellegrini anchored her final 100 of her world record swim in 2009 with a 59.2 final 100 split. Ledecky had to close strong to break the record. The crowd went nuts when she touched the wall under 3:59. That time will stand as the new World, Junior World, American, US Open, National Meet, and 17-18 NAG Record.

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Nikki
6 years ago

Agreed, Michael 🙂 Well said!

G
6 years ago

I really like how articulate and sincere he is. I don’t know how it compares to pre-retirement Phelps, but his interviews seem to have a lot of maturity and a refreshed and hungry attitude towards the sport.

Nikki
Reply to  G
6 years ago

Exactly, G. I have noticed this and I like his transparency, honesty, and positive attitude. Definitely a lot of maturity and humbleness 🙂

Neo
Reply to  G
6 years ago

Phelps has always been poised and mature in his interviews. His Costas studio interview at the 2004 Olympics after he gave his relay spot to Crocker blew me away Amd cemented me as a huge Michael fan. Being under the microscope for so long, he became guarded and very private, and his interviews seemed curt. It’s great to see him relaxed and open again.

6 years ago

Interesting interview with Phelps. He is clearly impressed with Katie’s performance. Towards the end did I sense a little dig at his training partner Allison Schmitt?

Lazy Observer
Reply to  Manyi Eta-Okang
6 years ago

I don’t think it was a dig; probably more of a slip. I’m sure she spent a lot of her week talking to friends and coaches about how she was doing and if anyone can provide perspective on the mental shift between, “I am young and will do anything to be the best,” versus “I still want to win but I’m starting to care about other things,” it would be Phelps.

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