The 2021 Olympics are underway and the United States is a heavy favorite at DraftKings Sportsbook to take home the most gold medals and total medals. One athlete who will make a big contribution to Team USA’s medal haul is swimmer Katie Ledecky.
The Tokyo Olympics mark the third Olympiad for Ledecky and she has five gold medals to date. In 2012, she won gold in the 800 meter freestyle and set an American record. Four years later in Rio, she won individual gold in the 200m, 400m, and 800m freestyle events, setting world records in the latter two. She also won a team gold medal in the 4x200m freestyle relay and a silver in the 4x100m freestyle relay.
This year, Ledecky will be competing in six freestyle events across seven days. She opens with the 4x100 meter on the 24th, then swims the 400 meter on the 25th. On the 26th, she will start her 200 and 1500 meter heats and 200 meter semis. On the 27th she will likely swim in the 200 and 1400 meter medal races. On the 28th, she’ll swim the 4x200 meter heats and final, on the 29th she’ll swim the 800 meter heats, and she’ll wrap on the 30th with the 800 meter final. The finals depend on the heat results, but her past success bodes well for this year.
DraftKings Sportsbook is not offering a lot of odds around swimming, but two of Ledecky’s races are listed. For the individual 400 meter race, she has the second best odds, installed at +130 behind Austrian Ariarne Titmus who is a -225 favorite. In the individual 800 meter race, Ledecky is a heavy favorite, installed at -550. The next closest odds belong to Titmus, who is installed at +250.
Here is Ledecky’s complete schedule for the 2021 Summer Olympics. You can stream every event at NBCOlympics.com or through the NBC Sports app. As for television, NBC appears to still be finalizing their swimming broadcast schedule. The coverage will be split between your local NBC affiliate and the USA channel on cable. Click here to see the daily schedule of NBC network coverage of the Olympics.
Katie Ledecky Tokyo Olympics schedule (all times ET)
4x100m free, heats — July 24, 7:43 a.m.
4x100m free, final — July 24, 10:45 p.m.
400m free, heats — July 25, 7:18 a.m.
400m free, final — July 25, 10:20 p.m.
200m free, heats — July 26, 6:05 a.m.
1500m free, heats — July 26, 8:01 a.m.
200m free, semis — July 26, 9:30 or 9:36 a.m.
200m free, final — July 27, 9:41 p.m.
1500m free, final — July 27, 10:54 p.m.
4x200m free, heats — July 28, 7:11 a.m.
4x200m free, final — July 28, 11:31 p.m.
800m free, heats — July 29, 6:32 a.m.
800m free, final — July 30, 9:46 p.m.