“I’m Excited”: Katie Ledecky’s Rival Ariarne Titmus Starts Preparing for Paris Olympics 2024

Published 09/28/2021, 5:30 AM EDT


After a successful Tokyo Olympics 2020, Olympians took some time out to rest, recover and restart. However, legendary swimmer Katie Ledecky’s arch-nemesis, Australian sensation, Ariarne Titmus is yet to take her next dive, enjoying life away from the pool.

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Courtesy of the pandemic, the Tokyo Olympics 2020 was delayed by a year. Hence, athletes will not have four but three years to prepare for Paris Olympics 2024. Refocusing on their sports, athletes have already begun preparations for their campaign in France.

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One of the most decorated swimmers in history, USA’s Katie Ledecky, has shifted her base to Florida to prepare for her fourth innings at the mega games. Notably, her young prodigy Ariarne Titmus will also start her preparations to defend her titles in Paris.

Fitness > swimming

21-year-old swimmer Ariarne clinched four Olympic medals at her maiden mega games. Notably, two out of four were gold medals in 200m and 400m freestyle events. However, since her appearance in Tokyo, she has not stepped into the pool.

Currently, on a sabbatical, Ariarne has been spending her time doing things other than swimming, like horse riding. She has also been attending events to interact with fans.

TOKYO, JAPAN – JULY 31: Silver medalist Ariarne Titmus of Team Australia poses during the medal ceremony for the Women’s 800m Freestyle Final at Tokyo Aquatics Centre on July 31, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

However, she will finally start her Paris Olympics training soon. Although, in conversation with Swimming World, she revealed something unusual. Apparently, Ariarne misses the feeling of being fit more than swimming.

Titmus said, “I haven’t as such missed swimming, I have missed the feeling of being fit and being really good at swimming and I’ve kind of lost that. So I’m looking forward to getting the feel of the water again and getting back in touch with it all and I’m excited for that.”

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Katie Ledecky’s rivalry with Ariarne Titmus

Going into Tokyo Olympics 2020, Katie Ledecky was the favorite to top the medal tally in the women’s swimming events. Ledecky was the reigning champion in 200m, 400m, 800m individual freestyle events. To everyone’s surprise, including Katie, Ariarne clinched the gold medal in 200m and 400m women’s freestyle race.

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

Both the Olympic stars are now onto their training for their next Olympic innings. Will Katie seek redemption at the Paris Olympics 2024, or will Titmus surprise her again? A worthwhile battle awaits.

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Shreya Verma is an NBA and Tennis Author at EssentiallySports. A graduate of Political Science, Shreya comes from a strong sports background. A professional 10m air pistol shooter, Shreya is also a tennis enthusiast.

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