Katie Ledecky has broken third world record in the last two months. But she has a record of her own which she hasn’t broken yet. She claims that she has never vomited after a swimming session no matter how tough it may be.
Other than that, the champion lady is a very capable and accomplished woman of the waves. She won the US Championships about half a decade ago against the Italian Federica Pellegrini.
According to Katie, she didn’t spend her time stressing about it all. Rather she did the best she was capable of and the rest as they say is history.
“I haven’t thrown up after a race yet,” she said. “Maybe that’s what I’ve got to shoot for.”
Currently, Katie is tops in the 400m, the 800m and the 1500m. This is the first time a female is a triple event champion since Janet Evans.
“Honestly, I didn’t think about it too much,” Ledecky said. “I just wanted to put together a good swim and go a best time. That’s what I did. I’m happy.”
Katie contends that her habit of taking a deep breath and relaxing during the swim paid off big time. She never was a worrywart as the results showed.
“It’s hard not to have it on my mind, but it wasn’t in the forefront,” said Ledecky said of Evans. “I think that’s what played into a good swim tonight. I just didn’t let it get to me. I just wanted to relax and have fun.”
Ledecky has gone the distance and even broken her own records which shows that she likes to spar with herself. The most recent swimming session she partook in on Saturday, August 9, was a crucial one and she came out of it with flying colors.
“Just had to make sure I didn’t rush the first 100,” Ledecky said. “Right after the first 100, I could just go and race the last 300.”
Meanwhile, her coach has expressed the desire for her to outdo herself. According to him, she still has a long way to go. There is no such thing as perfection.
“I don’t think there will ever be a perfect race,” he said.
But there were others who were quite moved by her remarkable performance. Michael Phelps was one champ who admired her efforts and lauded her style.
He said that it was a change of scenery to see someone really hungry for action. She seemed to have it in her to go for the gold.
“She throws it on the line, she puts it out there,” Phelps said. “To be at 1:56 to your feet at the 200 [Ledecky turned at 1:57.72 at 200], that’s moving. It’s good seeing somebody who’s hungry, somebody who wants it like her.”
Katie is so young that she doesn’t even own a driving permit yet. But she is very happy and excited about the whole scenario. “Pure excitement. It never gets old, to break a world record,” said Ledecky.
Winning definitely feels good. She has even shown great progress in the 200m freestyle swimming competition. This is one girl who is simply unstoppable!