As much as the US star wanted to save American hopes, it was asking too much in an event the women haven't won in 20 years.
While Ledecky reportedly wouldn't be part of the US relay team in the finals Saturday night because she's not one of the top 100-meter swimmers, she'd still win a medal if the USA won one.
Ledecky now holds three world records: the 400, 800, 1,500 (not an Olympic event). Meyer, a swim coach in the Sacramento area, sees Ledecky's devotion to Catholicism playing a role in her overall well-being.
Rounding out the must-watch quintet is Laurie Hernandez, dubbed the Human Emoji for her engaging personality, and Madison Kocian, 2015 world champion on the uneven bars.
China's Wu Minxia, the first woman to win diving gold in three consecutive Olympics, will try to break her own record and make it four in the synchronized 3m springboard event. He will take part in an event the US has dominated-winning three straight Olympic golds led by Phelps and Ryan Lochte.
New Zealand Olympic swimming team: Bradlee Ashby (200m medley), Lauren Boyle (400m/800m freestyle), Helena Gasson (100m butterfly), Matt Hutchins (400m freestyle), Corey Main (100m backstroke), Emma Robinson (800m freestyle), Glenn Snyders (100m breaststroke), Matthew Stanley (200m/400m freestyle), Kane Radford (10km open water).
"A lot's happened over the past four years", said Ledecky, whose first event is the 400m on Sunday.
It couldn't be more different for me. I felt myself shaking on the blocks. "She has a very special family, and she's an incredibly gifted person - with a high, high self-actualization and self-awareness, otherworldly good instincts and intelligence, a gifted physiognomy, plus an incredible drive to be the best".
Ledecky, one of the most well-known Olympians after her coming out party in the 2012 games, will reportedly get going not long after Friday night's opening ceremony, set to start at 7.
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Trump also thumbed his nose at Ayotte, citing her lack of direct support. "We're going to do a lot of wonderful things", he added. Like he did with Ryan, Trump declined to back either senator earlier this week.
In her Olympic debut, Ledecky announced herself authoritatively both as a rare athlete and an unassuming one. But as I got closer to qualifying for Olympic trials, then the Olympics, it started to become a reality and again, once I did, I wanted to do my very best at that level. Greg Meehan, the head coach, is great.
Not only did she make the finals team, but she was picked to anchor and lived up to the challenge, keeping the Americans in the second-place position they were when she dove in.
"I got back to work pretty quickly after London", Ledecky said.
Dressel, who turns 20 at the Rio Games, could be this year's breakout male on the USA swim team.
That night, August 3rd, was the first Olympic statement of intent by American Katie Ledecky and the beginning of a new era in swimming.
The Australian 4×100 freestyle team celebrates after winning gold on Saturday.
All this and five-time Olympic gold medalist Ryan Lochte still recently said, "I don't think she's really touched her potential in the pool yet". "It's fun to walk around the village and see some of them". "I was just trying to figure some things out spiritually. I have no idea how that must feel".
She will represent her home country, Dominica, in the triple jump, part of track and field competition.