Fears that coaching disruptions as a result of COVID-19 pandemic will result in sub par performances on the Tokyo Games are overblown as many athletes will emerge from lockdowns stronger than ever, five-time Olympic champion Katie Ledecky stated.
Like many athletes, the 23-year-old’s coaching regime for the Games was upended when swimming pools needed to be shut down to regulate the unfold of the virus that has claimed the lives of greater than half one million Americans. The pandemic additionally led to the Olympics being delayed by a 12 months.
At first the resourceful American skilled in a yard swimming pool and lifted weights in her Bay Area house however she is now again to her regular coaching routine and is “in a good spot.”
She isn’t alone.
Recent outcomes from collegiate and worldwide competitions revealed that there was no drop-off within the efficiency of her rivals.
Records may fall
“I don’t think it’s going to be much weaker, if at all,” Ledecky instructed Reuters when requested in regards to the degree of competitors she anticipated to face in Tokyo.
“The times are just as fast as they always have been. I think that everyone has been able to manage.
“And possibly there is a little bit of shock in a few of these outcomes. Maybe the remainder was good for some people.”
Swimming great Michael Phelps, a fellow Maryland native who Ledecky first met when she got an autograph from him when she was six, said he did not expect any world records to fall in Tokyo due to the training disruptions.
But Ledecky was not so sure.
“I would not dare make a declare, however there was loads of quick swimming throughout this time” she said.
“I believe you may see a pair [world records]. There’s positively that potential.”
In addition to swimming, Ledecky is passionate about shining a light on social justice issues including the plight of the estimated 80 million refugees worldwide.
The Tokyo Olympics will feature a refugee team for the second consecutive Summer Games and this one will be the largest ever. Ledecky said she plans to advocate on behalf of those athletes and anyone displaced by war or persecution through a partnership with the Jesuit Refugee Service and the United Nations.
“They’re actually dealing with the very worst circumstances, and we have to assist them,” she said.
“That’s one thing that I hope I can draw extra consideration to transferring ahead.”