The Olympics have just begun, but it’s already time for some awesome swimming! Katie Ledecky will be starting her 2016 Rio events with a relay on Aug. 6, and we don’t want you to miss any of the excitement. Watch a live stream right here!
The heats that kick off at 12:00 pm ET are as follows: Men’s and Women’s 400m individual medleys, Women’s 100m butterfly, Men’s 400m freestyle, Men’s 100m breaststroke, and Women’s 4x100m freestyle relay. The Women’s 100m butterfly and Men’s 100m breaststroke will only reach the semifinals tonight. The other three events (Men’s and Women’s 400m individual medleys, Men’s 400m freestyle, and Women’s 4x100m freestyle relay) will have their finals at 9:00 pm ET — and you know what that means: MEDALS!
Katie Ledecky is one of the familiar faces we can look forward to watching in the Aug. 6 events, as the 19-year-old is going to be swimming in the Women’s 4x100m freestyle relay preliminaries. Just one day after Katie swims for the US Women’s Team in the preliminaries, Michael Phelps will be competing in the men’s 4x100m freestyle relay final, which takes place at 9:00 pm ET on Aug. 7.
Neither US team is favored to win the 4X100m free relays, according to USA TODAY‘s Christine Brennan, but both are expected to advance to the finals. And with Katie swimming in the preliminaries for the women, we’d be surprised if she didn’t lead her team to the final!
Considering there’s plenty of other big names swimming in the 2016 Olympics for Team USA (Ryan Lochte, Missy Franklin, or Nathan Adrian ring a bell?), there’s plenty more swimming excitement ahead in the rest of the Olympics. Plus, Katie and Michael have several individual events coming up that they’re expected to medal in, so we have only one more thing to say: Let the swimming begin!
HollywoodLifers, what swimming event are you most excited to watch? Do you think Team USA will be able to medal in any of today’s events? Tell us below!