Katie Ledecky, 22, Is Stronger Than Ever As She Sets Sights on 2020 Olympics


When Katie Ledecky became ill during the World Championships in Gwangju, South Korea and had to pull out of two of her races, we expected nothing less of the 15-time World Championship gold medalist. After suffering from a mysterious illness that caused headaches, insomnia, an elevated heart rate, and loss of appetite, the 22-year-old came out on top and took home the gold medal for the 800-meter freestyle and silver medals for the 400-meter and the 4 x 200 meter freestyle relay.

“We had the World Championships. It wasn’t the week I was hoping for. It wasn’t the week I was expecting to have. I got a little sick and had to pull out of two races, but I was happy that I was able to build enough strength to swim my last two races, and come away from the meet with a gold and two silvers,” Ledecky said in an exclusive interview with Prevention.com.

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