Olympic Swimming Gold Medalist Katie Ledecky Claims Technology ‘Helped Her Move Through the Water’ in Tokyo

Published 08/24/2021, 3:06 PM EDT
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – AUGUST 09: Katie Ledecky of the United States celebrates winning gold in the Women’s 200m Freestyle Final on Day 4 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium on August 9, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)


After a glorious performance at Tokyo Olympics, Katie Ledecky organized an online workshop for the Japanese students in collaboration with Panasonic wherein she shared her experience of benefiting from technology while competing. Here, she talked about how sports go above and beyond and the significance they hold in our lives.

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The 24-year-old American swimming champion has won a total of 7 Olympic gold medals. Not only this but she has also won 15 gold medals in world championships. Due to which, she is considered one of the greatest female swimmers of all time. Winning two golds and two silvers in Tokyo is indeed the silver lining to her remarkable career. As a result of this, she’s become a role model for the youth.

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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – AUGUST 13: (BROADCAST – OUT) Swimmer, Katie Ledecky of the United States poses for a photo with her five medals on the Today show set on Copacabana Beach on August 13, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Katie Ledecky talks about her passion

As a part of the Dive Into STEM Education Powered by Panasonic educational programme, Katie shared her insights by saying, “Victory isn’t the only goal”. Further, she added, “Satisfaction in your work is. So I try to enjoy every day in training and all the work it takes before the race. It’s important to remember that whatever it is you’re passionate about, continue to have a smile and enjoy the process of trying to be a better person that you were a day before.” 

Ledecky shares her experience with technology

Even though the Washington born star is one of the best swimmers in the world, she’s more than just that. She was a student of Psychology when she graduated from Stanford University. Managing her studies along with a career as challenging and demanding as this, she sailed through with the help of technology.

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Talking about this she said, “It’s a building block for life. Science, technology, engineering, maths – those are the most crucial as so many jobs are reliant on those skills. That’s why I’m so passionate about education. That technology helps our sports, and helps us move through the water. We use statistics to gain an edge, which is often the difference between gold, silver and bronze.”

Jun 19, 2021; Omaha, Nebraska, USA; Katie Ledecky reacts after winning the in Women’s 800m Freestyle Finals during the U.S. Olympic Team Trials Swimming competition at CHI Health Center Omaha. Mandatory Credit: Rob Schumacher-USA TODAY Sports

What benefits do sports provide?

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There are countless reasons as to why people participate in sports. But, for Katie, she says, “Sports have the power to cheer people up and increase our happiness levels”. Sports is not just about competing or beating your opponent, it contributes to one’s personality, experiences as well as learning how to apply the skills acquired in other spheres of life.

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Divya Chaturvedi

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Divya Chaturvedi is an Olympic Athletics author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing her Under Graduate degree in Psychology from the University of Delhi. She's also an internationally recognized athlete, specializing in Shot Put and Discus, representing India at the International Children's Games held in Australia has been one of the biggest feats in her endeavor so far. Having participated in The Road to Wimbledon and representing the state several times, she bagged a number of titles for the same.

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