“I think we all expected it because we saw how things were going around the world, and here in the United States, many athletes couldn’t train, and we could see in the future that would be the case,” Ledecky said.
“And it doesn’t make sense to unite everyone from all over the world in the middle of a pandemic.”
Like others, Ledecky circled to find a place to swim. But while she normally trains at Stanford, everything in the Bay Area is closed, she said.
“In the last few weeks we have been able to swim in some garden pools, only very small groups,” Ledecky said. “And I really do nothing except live in my apartment and try to keep fit as best I can. But pretty much doing what everyone else is, chasing down.”
When normalcy comes back, someone’s guess. But for Ledecky, she is convinced that she will be able to get to the level she is used to.
“I think I can get there pretty quickly,” she said. “I think we all face the same uncertainty because we don’t know when things will be back to normal and what the new normal will look like. But I think that once we can start to know what it will look like and when the Olympics will be accurate, we can return to tough training and work towards Tokyo. “
As for her goals, they do not change. She just knows she has to wait a little longer.
“I still have goals I wanted to achieve, goals I hoped to achieve this summer,” Ledecky said. “But I feel good about putting them on the back burner for next year and keeping myself committed to those goals.
“The goal setting has been crucial to me and keeps me motivated every day to get out of bed and train hard. And I want to represent Team USA next year and do it really well.
“I think it will be really cool if everything is gathered. Hopefully we can continue to fight this disease and reduce the spread and be able to compete in Tokyo. But I think when we get there it will be a real celebration of the world can gather again. “