The world’s most decorated women’s swimmer will return to the Olympics with the opportunity to further enhance her already impressive resume.
In fact, at this point, most see it as child’s play to take some, if not all, of the gold medals in the events in which it competes.
The last time Ledecky was in Rio, he won four gold medals, set two world records, and took home a silver medal. Now, she enters the Tokyo Games with 11 individual World Water Sports Championships gold medals and four individual Olympic gold medals – the most of any female swimmer.
At just 24 years old, she is only a year older than Michael Phelps when he set the men’s record of eight gold medals at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, so she is certainly in her prime and ready for a great encore performance for 2016.
Sporting News has you covered with how to watch the greatest female swimmer of all time add to their legacy.
What events is Katie Ledecky swimming?
Ledecky has dominated distance freestyle events throughout his career. All of his individual Olympic gold medals, world championships, and Pacific champions are from events ranging from 200 to 1,500 meters. In 2016, he won a silver medal in the 4×100 freestyle relay and a gold medal in the 4×200 freestyle relay.
This year, Ledecky will not swim in the 4×100 freestyle relay. He will once again be on the 4×200 freestyle relay team.
Individually, Ledecky will compete in the 200, 400, 800 and 1500 freestyle events. He holds the current world record at 400 (3: 56.46), 800 (8: 04.79) and 1500 (15: 20.48). Her personal best time of 1: 53.73 in the 200 is just under a second below the record of 1: 52.98, set by Italian swimmer Federica Pellegrini at the 2009 World Championships.
How to watch Olympic swimming
NBC has the exclusive rights to all Olympic content in the US and as such will broadcast all swimming events during the Tokyo 2021 Games on its channels, including NBC, CNBC, NBC Sports, NBC Olympics, Golf Channel. , Telemundo and USA Network. All swim events will take place on NBC or USA Network during the week.
MORE: Full day-by-day swimming program for the 2021 Olympics
Katie Ledecky’s swim program
Competing in five different events, Ledecky will be on television often for fans hoping to catch a glimpse of his last race in history. She will compete in the playoffs for each event, which will begin at 6 am on her scheduled mornings. The live broadcast will be broadcast on the USA Network, while NBC will air reruns later in the afternoon. When he swims in the finals every day, NBC will broadcast the races, beginning at 9:30 pm each night. Only the 200 freestyle, among the Ledecky events, will have a semifinal race, which will take place during the afternoons along with the finals for other events.
Those interested in streaming their races can log on to the NBC platforms NBCOlympics.com, NBCSports.com or Peacock, or watch them on fuboTV, which offers a 7-day free trial.
Here’s the full schedule of when Ledecky will swim. Times are based on the NBC Olympics schedule.
Sunday July 25
|400 Women’s Freestyle Heats||7:39 am||USA|
|Women’s Freestyle 400 Finals||10:20 pm||NBC|
Monday July 26
|200 Women’s Freestyle Heats||6:02 am||USA|
|Women’s 1500 Freestyle Playoffs||7:32 am||USA|
|Women’s 200 Freestyle Semifinals||9:30 pm||NBC|
Tuesday July 27
|200 Women’s Freestyle Finals||9:41 pm||NBC|
|Women’s Freestyle Finals 1500s||10:54 pm||NBC|
Wednesday July 28
|Women’s 4×200 Freestyle Relay Playoffs||7:34 am||USA|
|4×200 Freestyle Relay Finals, Women||11:31 pm||NBC|
Thursday July 29
|Women’s 800 Freestyle Playoffs||6:02 am||USA|
Friday July 30
|Women’s Freestyle 800 Finals||9:46 pm||NBC|