The most decorated women’s swimmer in the world will return to the Olympics with the chance to continue to build on her already impressive resume.
In fact, at this point, most view her as a cinch to come away with some, if not all, the gold medals in events in which she competes.
The last time Ledecky was in Rio, she won four gold medals, set two world records and took home a silver medal to boot. Now, she enters the Tokyo games with 11 individual World Aquatics Championships gold medals and four individual Olympic gold medals, the most of any women’s swimmer.
At just 24 years old, she is just a year older than Michael Phelps was when he set the men’s record for eight gold medals in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, so she is certainly well in her prime and will be ready for a big encore performance to 2016.
Sporting News has you covered with how to watch the greatest women’s swimmer of all time add to her legacy.
Which events is Katie Ledecky swimming?
Ledecky has dominated the distance freestyle events throughout her career. All of her individual Olympic, World Championship and Pan Pacific Champion gold medals are from events ranging from 200 to 1500 meters. Back in 2016, she earned a silver medal in the 4×100 freestyle relay and a gold in the 4×200 freestyle relay.
This year, Ledecky will not be swimming in the 4×100 freestyle relay. She will once again be on the 4×200 freestyle relay team.
Individually, Ledecky will be competing in the 200, 400, 800 and 1500 freestyle events. She holds the current world record in the 400 (3:56.46), 800 (8:04.79) and 1500 (15:20.48). Her personal best time of 1:53.73 in the 200 is just under a second below the record of 1:52.98, set by Italian swimmer Federica Pellegrini in the 2009 World Championships.
How to watch Olympic swimming
NBC have the exclusive rights to all Olympic content in the U.S., and as such, it will carry all the swimming events during the 2021 Tokyo Games on its channels, including NBC, CNBC, NBC Sports, NBC Olympics, the Golf Channel, Telemundo and USA Network. All the swimming events will be carried on either NBC or the USA Network during the week.
MORE: Full day-by-day swimming schedule for 2021 Olympics
Katie Ledecky swimming schedule
Competing in five different events, Ledecky will be on the television often for fans hoping to catch a glimpse of her latest run at history. She will be competing in the heats for each event, which will start at 6 a.m. on their scheduled mornings. The live broadcast will be carried by the USA Network, while NBC will air replays later in the afternoon. When she swims in the finals each day, NBC will broadcast the races, starting at 9:30 p.m. each night. Only the 200 freestyle, among Ledecky’s events, will have a semifinal race, which will be held during the evenings along with the finals for other events.
Those interested in streaming her races can log onto NBC platforms NBCOlympics.com, NBCSports.com or Peacock, or watch them on fuboTV, which offers a 7-day free trial.
Here is the full schedule for when Ledecky will be swimming. Times are based on the NBC Olympics schedule.
Sunday, July 25
|Women’s 400 Freestyle Heats||7:39 a.m.||USA|
|Women’s 400 Freestyle Finals||10:20 p.m.||NBC|
Monday, July 26
|Women’s 200 Freestyle Heats||6:02 a.m.||USA|
|Women’s 1500 Freestyle Heats||7:32 a.m.||USA|
|Women’s 200 Freestyle Semifinals||9:30 p.m.||NBC|
Tuesday, July 27
|Women’s 200 Freestyle Finals||9:41 p.m.||NBC|
|Women’s 1500 Freestyle Finals||10:54 p.m.||NBC|
Wednesday, July 28
|Women’s 4×200 Freestyle Relay Heats||7:34 a.m.||USA|
|Women’s 4×200 Freestyle Relay Finals||11:31 p.m.||NBC|
Thursday, July 29
|Women’s 800 Freestyle Heats||6:02 a.m.||USA|
Friday, July 30
|Women’s 800 Freestyle Finals||9:46 p.m.||NBC|