‘Secret Rituals’ Katie Ledecky Implements to Prepare for Tokyo Olympics 2020

Published 07/13/2021, 2:44 PM EDT
Jun 15, 2021; Omaha, Nebraska, USA; Katie Ledecky reacts after swimming in the Women’s 1,500m Freestyle prelims during the U.S. Olympic Team Trials Swimming competition at CHI Health Center Omaha. Mandatory Credit: Rob Schumacher-USA TODAY Sports

The swimming events in Tokyo will don a new era after Michael Phelps. Ariarne Titmus and Michael Andrew are the new talented swimmers this time around. However, one household name returns to reclaim her medals in Japan, Katie Ledecky.


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She is once again expected to dominate the swimming events in this year’s Tokyo Olympics 2020. Notably, she won four gold medals in Rio and will look to continue her form to Tokyo.

As the last days count down for the 2021 Olympics, Ledecky shed some light on how she balances her mind ahead of the games. The 24-year-old can break numerous records in this year’s Olympics with her dominating performances.


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Katie Ledecky ready for Tokyo 2020

While the pressure is on for her, she spoke about how she relaxes and takes her mind off by watching TV. Shows like ‘Blue Bloods’ and ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ help her relax before the sporting events. Having her fair share of pizzas is something she enjoys as well.

“I haven’t had a big pizza in a pretty long time; that is something I had after my last race in Rio, so I am sure that will be one of my go-to meals after Tokyo,” said Katie.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – AUGUST 12: Katie Ledecky of United States celebrates winning the women’s 800m Freestyle on Day 7 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium on August 12, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

The reigning Olympic champion debuted in London in 2012 as a 15-year-old teenager and won the gold medal. Ledecky won four gold medals in Rio 2016 and broke the world record for the 800-meter-freestyle event.

Quite astonishing for a girl as young as her. After that, she won gold medals in Rio and cemented her legacy with the swimming fraternity. As new swimmers are coming to the forefront, Ledecky has to be on her best to win the event in Tokyo.


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Even though the pandemic disrupted the workout routines of swimmers, Ledecky never lost touch with her passion. By using her neighbor’s 25-yard pool, she kept herself fit during the pandemic.

After the lockdown, pools reopened, and Katie was back at it again. Japan has made strict protocols for athletes, and they decided the event to be held behind closed doors but the decision never fazed her as she looks determined to perform well.

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)

While preparing for the event, Ledecky focused on how she liked a good shave as well. The swimmers focus on their training to perfect their techniques inside the pool; likewise, on their aesthetic sense outside it.


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The big sporting events are where the swimmers showcase their talents while styling yourself is something they prefer too. Quite understandable.

However, Ledecky looks to defend her title with a new swimmer coming off the blocks. Ever since Ariarne Titmus defeated Ledecky in the World Championships in Gwangju, Ledecky has felt little pressure.

But the champion mentality of Ledecky will be on full display as it sets the Tokyo Olympics 2020 to be a smashing event.


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Jacob Gijy

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Jacob Gijy is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Gijy finished his Masters in Counselling Psychology and worked in a hospital for 2 years before his passion for sports compelled him to find his way to sports journalism. A fan of the great Tim Duncan, he is always ready to pick up a debate with anyone who does not offer the centre the respect he deserves.