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Katie Ledecky Quotes

Kathleen Genevieve Ledecky

Katie Ledecky quotes: the star swimmer’s top quotes.

“I would encourage you to set really high goals. Set goals that, when you set them, you think they’re impossible. But then every day you can work towards them, and anything is possible, so keep working hard and follow your dreams.”

“Choose one thing in your life where you are not working as hard as you could be. Start trying harder for 30 days and see what the results are.”

“I’m a firm believer that you don’t lose the hard work you put in and you can only build off of it.”

“I always try to emphasize the point of setting your goals high and reaching towards them. I set goals from a very early age, and that’s what’s led to my success. That can be applied to things apart from swimming, as well.”

“Goal setting has definitely stuck with me. Those ‘want times’ were always very ambitious. That part has carried on. I try to set goals that seem kind of unreasonable at first. As I work toward them, the more reasonable they look.”

“I don’t really compare myself to others. For me, it’s about not being afraid to set scary goals—goals that most people never even dream of—and then going out and chasing them.”

“I always just focus on what my own goals are, and not what anybody else’s goals for me are or their expectations. I just know that my family will always be supporting me and my friends and my coaches. And as long as I put in the hard work and know that I’m giving it my best effort, I will always be happy.”

“I credit my success to hard work and perseverance; but keeping an upbeat, carefree attitude also reminds me not to take life too seriously.”

“I’m not afraid of failure, but failure is not an option.”

“I try to make the good days great and take something positive from the days I’m not feeling good—work on technique or something like that.”

“I just work hard and try my best every time I step up on those blocks. I’m very goal-oriented. I’ve always set high goals for myself. When I was little I never dreamed of going to the Olympics, but once I did I wanted to do my very best at that level. Four years ago, when I was visualizing my final, I never envisaged anything other than winning gold. Once I get to that level, I’m able to set the goals for myself and go out and achieve them.”

“We set our goals for the week. And to finally hit one of them feels really good.”

“I still have goals I wanted to achieve, goals that I was hoping to achieve. Goal setting has been crucial to me and keeps me motivated every day to get out of bed and work out hard.”

“I take every opportunity I can get to make myself better and make those around me better.”

“I’m always afraid I’ll get to the end and have too much left. I’m trying to manage myself so I don’t kill myself at the start. It’s about finding a balance. And it’s about having the confidence to know you’ve done the work so you can get in there.”

“When I was six, right before I started swimming, we went to a national competition here in Maryland and watched Michael Phelps swim, and I got to meet him afterwards, and I got his autograph. Fast forward nine years, and I’m at the Olympics with him, and it’s like: ‘Woah.'”

“I had a ton of fun. I had my goals in the water, but one of those goals was just to have fun, and I couldn’t have asked for a better time here with my teammates. It’s never easy to break a world record, and it takes a lot of hard work and every day getting in the pool and giving it my all.”

“What I’ve done over the past couple years has been pretty great, but even that doesn’t define my swimming. Working hard and doing everything I can to be successful should be my identity.”

“I hope that young girls will have the dream and will have experiences. And it might not be in swimming. It might be in something else. But I found a passion, and I love it. It’s something I love and something I enjoy. It’s something I’m good at. And it’s what I have been able to give 100% to.”

“Education is really important, so I remind kids to read a lot, study hard, do your work. I think it’s also really important to appreciate your community. Kids can sometimes look to sports figures as heroes, but the people in our communities are the real heroes: doctors, judges, teachers. If kids can appreciate those people more than sports figures and hear that message coming from athletes, it can mean a lot. I take great responsibility to use it in the right ways, with the right people, and for the right people.”

“I have been lucky to receive a great education while swimming and competing at a high level. I believe that comes with the spread of freedom and equality and democracy, and I want to see a world where women and athletes can pursue their goals without sacrificing their ability or desire to go to a good school. I am definitely just trying to take advantage of all of the resources available to me.”

“I’m lucky to have a family that loves me whether I swim really well or swim poorly, or don’t swim at all. They’re not going to change how they treat me because of what I’m doing in swimming.”

“Going forward, I want to do something where I am always helping people.”

“My faith has always been important to me. It defines who I am.”

“I’ve counted on my faith to give me strength through both training and competition, but also in school, with my family and everyday life.”

“More than anything, praying just helps me to concentrate and let go of things that don’t matter in that moment. It gives me peace knowing I’m in good hands.”

“I feel real good about where I’m at. I have a lot of confidence from where I’ve been.”

“The secret to my success? Just do the damn work.”

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