Is Katie Ledecky part shark? She already took a massive bite out of one world record at the Rio 2016 Olympics. Will she do it again in the Women’s 200m Freestyle event on Aug. 8? HollywoodLife.com wants you to see so click to watch.
Will the 19-year-old Katie Ledecky add to her collection of gold medals when she jumps in the water on Aug. 8? She’s about to face her greatest challenge in the 200m freestyle event. Could the woman dubbed “the future of swimming” establish her dominance in the sport, or will she suffer another stumble? The action kicks off around 12:00 P.M. ET so be sure you see every wet and wild moment.
Fans can watch Katie and the rest of the world’s best swimmers go head-to-head via NBC’s official Olympic live stream (after entering their cable/satellite info.) CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE WOMEN’S 200M FREESTYLE OLYMPIC EVENT LIVE STREAM
Update: You can watch all the Aug. 8 swimming events through the above live stream as well.
Though Katie won the 200m World Championships in 2015 with a time of 1:55:16, she will have to do better than that in the Rio Olympics. She’s facing off against Sarah Sjöström, 22, of Sweden, who leads Katie in the world rankings in this particular event. When the two faced off in a grand prix-level meet in Austin, Texas in Jan. 2016, per NBC Sports, Katie demolished her competitor, 1:54:43 to 1:55:14. Yet, when Sarah swam in the Swedish Championships, she left a record-setting time of 1:54:34, knocking Katie down to the No. 2 spot in the world.
This will be a chance to establish who rules the pool at the 200m freestyle race. It could also be another devastating race for Katie. Katie and the rest of Team USA fell to the Australians in the 4x100m swimming relay on Aug. 6. Despite having the best possible start in the race, the women couldn’t hold off the Aussies. Ultimately, The Americans took home the silver.
However, Katie’s already won gold in Rio. She broke her own world record at the 400m freestyle race on Aug. 7, leaving all other swimmers floundering for air. Will she be able to do the same at the 200m? Or will she wind up watching Sarah swim to the top of the medal podium?
Who do you think is going to win the women’s 200m freestyle event, HollywoodLifers? Do you think Katie will shatter another world record or will she be defeated by Sarah? Leave your pick below.