When Katie Ledecky gets ready to swim, people stop what they are doing.
The clock becomes a central player in the event as people monitor it to see where sheâ€™s at in relation to her best time — which is a world record in most cases.
The noise builds palpably from the start of the race, to the high-pitched shrill youâ€™d usually hear only with two outs in the ninth at a baseball game or a crowd waiting for the final encore of a legendary band on a farewell tour.
But the only thing Katie Ledecky can relate to in the latter metaphor is the rhythm. Itâ€™s what gets her through the race, keeps her focused, and makes her stay within herself while setting the world ablaze in her signature events.
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