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Katie Ledecky enters first meet since Tokyo Olympics; U.S. Open TV, stream schedule

Katie Ledecky

TOPSHOT - USA’s Kathleen Ledecky celebrates after winning the final of the women’s 1500m freestyle swimming event during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre in Tokyo on July 28, 2021. (Photo by Attila KISBENEDEK / AFP) (Photo by ATTILA KISBENEDEK/AFP via Getty Images)

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Katie Ledecky is entered in her first swim meet since the Tokyo Olympics, the U.S. Open, airing on Olympic Channel and NBC Sports this week.

Competition starts Wednesday with the men’s and women’s 800m freestyles (Ledecky’s trademark event). airs those finals at 6 p.m. ET, plus the first full night of finals Thursday at 7.

Olympic Channel airs live finals coverage Friday and Saturday at 7. All TV coverage streams on and the NBC Sports app.

Ledecky headlines the entry list for the U.S. Open, the first significant domestic meet since the Tokyo Games, in Greensboro, N.C.

At her third Olympics, Ledecky won another four medals, running her career tally to 10. Then she announced a move from Stanford, California, to Gainesville, Florida, to train with the U.S.’ top male distance swimmers at the University of Florida.

At the U.S. Open, Ledecky is joined by fellow Tokyo Olympic medalists Regan Smith, Alex Walsh and Paige Madden and Rio Olympic medalists Kathleen Baker and Leah Smith.

Bobby Finke, who like Ledecky swept the Tokyo Olympic 800m and 1500m free golds, leads the men’s entries. Ledecky now trains with Finke at UF.

Swimmers are preparing for the world championships team trials in April, also in Greensboro.

World championships (in Olympic-size pools) are normally reserved for odd years, but the 2021 Worlds in Fukuoka, Japan, were postponed one year after the Tokyo Games were pushed back from 2020.

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