The spectacle at the U.S. Olympic swimming trials includes colored spotlights swirling around CenturyLink Center, fountains spewing flames next to the medal stand, thumping music and a giant flip-flop signed by each newly minted Olympian.
Then there’s Katie Ledecky.
The unassuming 19-year-old makes the sport look easy. She has become so dominant — owning three world records — that the real competition when she races seems to be for second place.
Such was the case Monday when Ledecky nearly broke her own world record en route to winning the 400-meter freestyle during her first day of competition at the trials.