Ledecky Gives Swim Lessons In Tokyo As Part Of U.S. Embassy Program

Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

Olympic gold medalist Katie Ledecky, who is fresh off of winning five medals (including three golds) at the 2018 Pan Pacific Championships, stuck around after that meet in Tokyo to give swim lessons to Japanese students, per a report in the Charlotte Observer.

Ledecky was on hand to work with more than 100 elementary school and junior high school aged swimmers, answering questions about her career before getting into the pool and swimming with the students. Her lessons were part of the United States Embassy’s “Go For Gold” initiative, which brings American athletes and diplomats to participating schools in Japan.

“It’s fun for me to give back to the sport I love so much,” Ledecky told reporters, adding with a smile that “Hopefully I’ll see a lot of their faces again in two years.”

Preparations for the 2020 Olympic Games are well underway in Tokyo, including adding a roof to the swimming venue that is currently under construction. Ledecky figures to be a major player at those Games, with the swimmer forgoing her final two years of eligibility at Stanford to turn professional heading into the next Olympics.

The Charlotte Observer contributed to this report. 



  1. John Kercheval

    Is that before or after she collected her huge paycheck?

    • avatar

      Compared with other sports in the US what she is earning is peanuts!

    • Paul Grout

      If you only knew what a swimmer does to get to her level no pay cheque would ever cover the hours put in . 😛

  2. 최은미

    우리나라는 저런거 안하나?

Author: James Sica

James Sica is the Men and Women's Assistant Coach at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has been an assistant coach at CMU in Pittsburgh, PA (2015-2017), a volunteer assistant coach with the Harvard women’s program (2014-2015) and an assistant with the Ithaca College men's program (2012-2014).

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