Katie Ledecky joked that she will take 3 weeks off after Tokyo, then said, 'I really don't like breaks'

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Katie Ledecky joked that she will take 3 weeks off after Tokyo, then said, 'I really don't like breaks'
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Katie Ledecky gives a thumbs-up at the Tokyo Olympics.
Don't expect Katie Ledecky to stay out of the pool for long. Ding Xu/Xinhua/Getty Images
  • Katie Ledecky joked that she'll take 3 weeks off after Tokyo instead of the 2 she took after Rio.

  • Ledecky said, "I really don't like breaks."

  • Ledecky said she plans to swim in Paris 2024 and said she feels better when she is training.

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Katie Ledecky isn't going to bask in the glory of the Tokyo Olympics for too long.

Ledecky finished her slate at Tokyo on Friday with a gold medal in the women's 800-meter freestyle. It was her second gold of the Tokyo Olympics and her fourth medal total.

Read more: Tokyo 2020 Olympics Medal Table

After the 800-meter, she laughed when NBC's Michelle Tafoya asked if it was Ledecky's last swim ever - Ledecky said she would be back for the Paris Olympics in 2024 and maybe even Los Angeles in 2028.

In fact, while speaking to NBC Sports, Ledecky made it sound like she doesn't plan to take much time off at all.

"I'm going to take a little bit of time. I think after Rio I took only maybe two weeks," Ledecky said.

"I'll take maybe three weeks [now]," Ledecky joked. "No, I'm kidding. I'll take some time."

Ledecky said she feels better when she is in the pool and training.

"I always find my way back to the pool, though. I love swimming, I love being in the water. I sleep better, I feel better when I'm swimming and eating right and doing all the right things.

"I really don't like breaks."

She added: "It gets to about two weeks and I'm getting really eager to get back to work."

Ledecky did say she was excited for the upcoming break to see her family. She had told Insider's Meredith Cash in April of 2021 that she hadn't seen her family through the pandemic and devoted her time in training to make sure it was all worthwhile.

Of course, with the Tokyo games delayed by a year, the turn-around for training will be shorter. Swimming world championships will be held in May of 2022, then Ledecky will have her sights set on Paris in two years, where she'll look to tie and even pass Jenny Thompson for the most of golds of any female American swimmer.

Watch Ledecky's interview below:

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