“That Was Not My Last Swim”: Katie Ledecky Downplays Retirement Rumors After a Successful Tokyo Olympics 2020

Published 08/01/2021, 9:20 AM EDT
Jun 14, 2021; Omaha, Nebraska, USA; Katie Ledecky before the women’s 400m freestyle final 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 the Tokyo Olympics 2020 showcased some of the best talents in the world. There were swimmers who were making their debut, and ones who had previous experience.

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In terms of experience, the American Katie Ledecky stands above everyone despite being 24 years old. The swimming sensation made her debut in the 2012 London Olympics at the age of 15 and won the 800-meter freestyle event. Since then, she has stood head and shoulders above the rest.

The performances in Tokyo cemented her legacy amongst the greats of the aquatic world.

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Jun 15, 2021; Omaha, Nebraska, USA; Katie Ledecky reacts after swimming in the Women’s 200 Freestyle Semifinals Heat 1 during the U.S. Olympic Team Trials Swimming competition at CHI Health Center Omaha. Mandatory Credit: Rob Schumacher-USA TODAY Sports

Ledecky will be back for Paris 2024

The dominance of Ledecky is seen in the 800m freestyle event because she owns the top 24 times in the world. Interestingly, a reporter asked whether she would retire anytime soon and Ledecky had a perfect reply.

“Oh, that was not my last swim.

“I’m at least going to ’24, maybe ’28. We’ll see. I just knew it was going to be my last swim here. You never take anything for granted. You don’t know if you’re going to be back at the next Olympics, so just try to soak it all in,” said Ledecky.

The determination to do it, again and again, is quite remarkable. Ledecky will be 28 when she heads to Paris. There are no signs of slowing down for this incredibly talented swimmer.

Adding some more events would increase her medal tally. With the rate she is going in, Ledecky will retire as one of the greatest Olympians of all time.

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Despite losing the 400-meter freestyle to Ariarne Titmus, Ledecky came back to claim two gold medals in her signature events-800 and 1500-meter freestyle.

Moreover, she won the silver medal in the 400-meter freestyle and the 4 x 200-meter freestyle relay. The exciting match-up between Ledecky and Titmus proved to be a great watch for swimming fans across the world.

Significantly, Ledecky’s dominance in the long-distance swimming races is quite incredible. Notably, she won three consecutive gold medals in the 800-meter freestyle event stretching from London to Tokyo.

After the 1500-meter event made its debut in this year’s Olympic Games, Ledecky created a new Olympic record in the prelims by setting a time of 15:35.35. She has now won five gold and three silver medals in her illustrious career.

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When it all ends, Katie Ledecky is going to be one of the best swimmers of all time. The Paris 2024 Olympic games will once again show the talent of this astonishing swimmer. Can she win more medals in the future Olympic games?

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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.

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