Chosen to Be Katie Ledecky’s Successor, Katie Grimes Waves American Flag on Berlin Turf at Swimming World Cup 2023

Published 10/07/2023, 1:19 PM EDT

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After not such a great start in the 2023 Swimming World Cup, Katie Grimes has marked a win for the USA on Day 2 of the event. Day 1 was sort of a disappointment for her after getting beaten by Chinese swimmer Zhang Yufei. However, the American swimmer gracefully compensated for her loss on day 1 at the 400m IM on day 2 finals. This incredible comeback is exceptional for the USA team.

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She made quite an impression on Berlin by scoring a perfect score in the 400m. Katie has won silver medals in the 1500m freestyle and the 400m individual medley at the 2022 World Aquatics Championships. With other achievements like this, this 17-year-old is chosen to be the successor to her namesake Katie Ledecky by the legend herself. Now, with such a perfect win, she has marked the beginning of her wins and plans to go only higher from here.

Katie Grimes gives a fantastic start to her wins at the 2023 Swimming World Cup

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Starting with facing disappointments on day 1 of the World Cup, Grimes changed the scene for herself 24 hours later. With her commendable performance in the 400m IM, she has attained the remarkable. The World Aquatics posted an appreciation post for the American swimmer after the beautiful win.

Jumping in the pool in lane 4, Grimes had her eyes set on the prize. She touched the finish line with a perfect time of 4:37.20 and honorably nabbed the win. The World Aquatics shared some pictures of the swimmer while competing in the 400m IM and the caption carried, “Katie Grimes starts the second night of finals at the #SWC23 with an amazing win in the 400m IM with a time of 4:37.20.” Any appreciation for this unbeatable win by Katie Ledecky’s chosen successor is less.

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Katie Ledecky’s appreciation for the American swimmer Katie Grimes 

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The swimming legend Katie Ledecky and her namesake Katie Grimes have been stealing spotlights together with their performance and connection since the US Olympic Swimming trials. Ledecky herself tipped Grimes to be her successor after Grimes qualified just behind her on day 7 of the 2020 US Olympic Swimming trials.

Ledecky was 24 years old and Grimes was just 15 years old when they were competing for the qualifications for Tokyo 2020, in 2021. The 24-year-old touched the wall in 18:14.62 in the 800m freestyle to nab her fourth win at the U.S. Olympic Swimming Team Trials. Just behind her was the 15-year-old who attained the second position with just a difference of 5.74 seconds.

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This was the exact same situation with Ledecky nine years ago at the same event and in the same city. She stunned the audience by making it to her first Olympic team at the age of 15 in the 800m. With such a startling coincidence, Ledecky saw the same talent and potential in Grimes. She told the American swimmer, “You’re the future.” This namesake connection really left the swimming community in awe.

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Nancy Singh

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Nancy Singh is a US sports writer for EssentiallySports. She is an avid sports enthusiast and comes with a staunch background in content writing and marketing. With her Bachelor’s degree in English, Nancy created a penchant for all things journalism and delved into the world of sports.
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