The eight-minute blitz through the pool at the U.S. Olympic swimming trials Saturday would have represented a career-changing moment for any other female swimmer.
Katie Ledecky is different.
When the 19-year-old springs off a starting block for a distance race, the question isn’t whether she’s going to win, but whether the inevitable victory will demolish another world record.
That’s why Ledecky stood dripping wet in the mixed-zone after recording the third-fastest 800-meter freestyle in history and listed what she could have done better in her final competition before next month’s Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. She owns the 10 fastest times in the...