Katie Ledecky

Ledecky ponders future after a bit of a letdown at worlds

OK, it wasn't like Katie Ledecky was a flop at the world championships.

Far from it.

She won five gold medals. She took silver in her other event.

"If that was my bad year for the next four years, then the next couple years are going to be pretty exciting," Ledecky declared.

But her performance in Budapest did prove one thing.

She's human.

Ledecky failed to set a personal best in any of her races — the ultimate goal for every swimmer, even more than the medals. A runner-up finish in the 200-meter freestyle was the 20-year-old's first individual defeat in a major international race.

"I always wish there was more," Ledecky...

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