TOKYO — Katie Ledecky knew this response would be out of the ordinary. She said that was stupid. She was facing the microphone after suffering her first Olympic defeat.
She was aware that many people had seen her lose an Olympic title to an Australian named Ariarne Titmus, and she was aware that they anticipated her to experience a range of emotions following the competition. aside from Katie Ledecky.
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She anticipated your confusion and made the necessary preparations. However, if you had been in her thoughts throughout these recent months as the Olympics drew near and doubts surfaced, you would have known that she would be fine. Many of them were foreigners.
Ledecky slowed down, did he? What were the chances that she would repeat her Rio performance? Many were able to get inside. Failure-related anxiety, as Ledecky acknowledged. She has experienced it. I had to somewhat overcome that in order to achieve.
In order to “eliminate all that from my thoughts,” Ledecky made every effort after the Olympic trials in June when she was unhappy with a few of her swims. driven by a need to develop self-assurance and assess its strength in the water. She also encountered it this month while flying from Hawaii to Tokyo. Confidence. Faith.
She did not consider Titmus as she began a training block that would be crucial in the development of her third Olympic cycle. at least not in the lead. Her confidence was superior to others’ in comparison. She was assured in her knowledge and skills.
The fact is that swimming is beneficial for. “Our sport is incredibly time-based,” said Ledecky. The timer is what drives me.
In an effort to demonstrate that she still had Rio-like times in her, she lowered her head last month, but all she could see was a clock.
She hadn’t completed the 400-meter freestyle in less than 3 minutes and 59 seconds in almost three years. She was willing to go to any lengths to defeat Titmus. Titmus, on the other hand, was an inconsequential thing. It was a tangible time.
In an effort to swim faster, Ledecky jumped in headfirst on Monday at the Tokyo Aquatics Center. How did she manage to fill her free time, too? Superb. Her performance of 3:57.36 was the quickest in the history of the women’s international 400-meter freestyle competition and was a five-year best.
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Ledecky’s brilliance served as Titmus’ inspiration, and he won. Ledecky kept his composure in the face of this. I am proud of how I swam, she exclaimed. I’m astounded by how far I’ve gone and filled with pride at who I have become. satisfied with the amount of work it required to finish.
She acknowledged that the road was not simple. It’s never easy to reach the podium’s summit. I don’t take my location in the sky for granted because of this.
Furthermore, by the time she arrived in Tokyo, her confidence had returned, if not increased. She will race in the 200-meter and 1500-meter preliminary rounds on Monday night, showing that she still has time to excel and take home gold medals.
She will compete against Titmus in three of the four finals; it’s possible, though improbable, that she will leave with just one gold. The things that happened on Monday pushed us to think about it.
Admittedly, but what about Ledecky?
Even though she came in second, she was more focused on the clock and her time, saying, “I hope that sets the tone for the remainder of my meet.”
Within a few hours following her race, she had come to terms with this strange idea of Olympic failure. She comes out as cheerful, contemplative, and peaceful in interviews.
She described her feelings of joy, happiness, and love in the days leading up to the marathon. She carried it through the pool, the Olympic Village, and brought it back to the pool on Monday night.
She continued, “And yeah, it’s the biggest win of all,” after that.