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Katie Ledecky says it was the right call to postpone 2020 Olympics, looks forward to competing next year

Katie Ledecky says it was the right call to postpone 2020 Olympics, looks forward to competing next year

Katie Ledecky's summer plans - and those in the months leading up to it - officially changed on Tuesday when the International Olympic Committee announced that the Olympics will be postponed for a year.

The 2020 Olympic Games, set to take place in Tokyo, Japan beginning July 24, were postponed due to the global coronavirus pandemic. The games will be postponed until 2021, but a new official start date has yet to be announced.

Ledecky, a five-time Olympic Gold Medalist and Maryland native, was likely set to compete in five events during the 2020 Games. Just hours after the news broke about the Tokyo Games being postponed, Ledecky joined NBC Sports' Mike Tirico on a conference call, where she explained the committee made the right call.

"I think it was the right call," Ledecky said. "Good thing we know it now, rather than waiting another week to find out or be at risk for another couple of weeks. I think we're all happy that we can take a step back now and really do our part. We know we're all in the same boat and we're going to get through it together."

Ledecky spoke to several of her USA swimming counterparts and told Tirico that the entire team is on board with the decision that was made.

"We're all happy that we know now and can take a step back, stay inside and do our part to help fight this virus and support those who are the true heroes doing everything they can to heal the sick and to find ways to stop the spread," she said. "We're going to do what we can to stay in shape, but the real training has to take a backseat right now."

Prior to the announcement, Ledecky said she was struggling to find a place to train. She spent most of her time training at Stanford, but the university closed down mid-March. She was left scrambling, trying to find a place to train with the Olympics just a handful of months away.

"For a period of time, we had been told the Olympics were still on and that you've got to do the best that you can," she said. "So we were scrambling, trying to figure out what to do about training. But when it came down to it, we could kind of see what was coming and knew that this postponement was inevitable."

While she won't be training in the pool for the foreseeable future, Ledecky doesn't think the postponement of the Games will impact her too much. Once she has a more clear idea of when the postponed games will take place, Ledecky will devise a plan to prepare and train.

Although her current training schedule has been thrown off, Ledecky doesn't see think the postponement of the Games will be a setback for her, however.

"It's a new challenge that we're all ready to adapt to," Ledecky said. "It's going to take a couple weeks to put together some plans. I think I stay focused on my goals and my day-to-day training. With this, my goals won't change for this year. They will just be for next year. I'm still committed to working towards those goals."

Every four years, the Olympic Games bring the entire world together. Although they won't happen in 2020, Ledecky thinks the Games in 2021 can have a lasting impact globally, as hopefully the coronavirus pandemic will be in the rearview mirror by then.

"I can't help but smile when I think about the Olympics next year and how hopefully the world can come together and celebrate the hard work that has been done right now to stop the spread, flatten the curve and all do our part," Ledecky said. "With sports, and the Olympics especially, there are always these great stories of adversity that athletes face and what they're able to overcome. Right now, we're kind of all facing medical adversity as a global community. I think we're all capable of getting through this time and coming out on the other end. Hopefully, the Olympics in Tokyo will truly be a celebration of that."

 

Everything that happened in LoveCast episode one

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LoveCast

Everything that happened in LoveCast episode one

LoveCast Episode One

If you already binge-watched Love is Blind, are anxiously awaiting the next season of The Bachelor, or miss watching awkward first dates from afar, look no further. 

Two D.C.-based companies, CarpeDM and District IRL, have teamed up to give us the quarantine love stories we deserve. 

LoveCast is an interactive dating experience where the audience is just as involved in the dating process. 

The audience has a chance to play matchmaker with 10 singles, ask questions throughout the live date and decide who should be matched up for each FaceTime hangout.  

Ready to meet the singles looking for love? Each participant was asked to make an intro video so we could find them a match.

Not only does the audience get to watch each date, but they get to interview the contestants immediately after...and yes, it is as awkward as it sounds. 

Date One: Deven and Reza

Deven and Reza seem like really nice people. He can't stop talking about Olive Garden and she is politely laughing along.

They have similar theories about Tiger King and who may have killed Carole Baskin's husband. 

Oh, and they talked more about unlimited soup, salad, and breadsticks. 

Note: Not that I am in a position to give dating advice, but I wouldn't bring up Olive Garden more than once on a first date. 

Will there be another date according to them: yes
Do I see a connection: no

Date Two: Dawn and Pasha

If you had any doubts about two strangers falling in love on an online dating show, watch this date. These two have sparks flying all over the place. 

The only red flag of this date might be their age difference. Dawn is 34 and Pasha is 28.

Oh no, this is Jessica and Mark from Love is Blind all over again. Or, maybe you are thinking that a six-year age difference is no big deal. 

Whichever thought your mind went to, you're right. 

Will there be another date according to them: yes
Do I see a connection: YES

Date Three: Karis and Evan

Have you ever watched two people make small talk for just a bit too long? That is what it felt like watching this date. There was nothing wrong with the date... except Evan did say that Karis reminded him of his mother.

Note: Generally speaking, women don't love being compared to your mother on the first date. But again, who am I to give advice.

Will there be another date according to them: maybe
Do I see a connection: nope

Date Four: Jorge and Matt

There was a lot of personality on this date... like a lot. These two did more talking over each other than actually talking. 

Will there be another date according to them: no
Do I see a connection: NO

Date Five: Matt and Jonathan 

Matt is back with another date. (He must be Mr. Popular.) 

In my opinion, this date went much better than his date with Jorge. Matt and Jonathan are goofing around and seem to click well.

Note: Jonathan is a former NBA dancer with the Wizards so we are rooting for our #DCFamily

However, when Jonathan found out that Matt went on a date with someone else he didn't take it very well. I think he was half-joking around and half angry. 

Matt saw the not-so-fun part of being the bachelor! 


Will there be another date according to them: We are left on a cliffhanger. We don't know how Jonathan actually feels.
Do I see a connection: If they can work past this other date thing, yes!


If after reading this, you decide that you want to be on the next episode sign up here by April 12th. 

If after reading this, you decide that you want to watch and participle in the next episode, tune in on YouTube on April 26th. 

In The Loop: Drew Brees' son's request for Steph Curry, Ilya Kovalchuk's workout

In The Loop: Drew Brees' son's request for Steph Curry, Ilya Kovalchuk's workout

First up, Drew Brees' son Callen had his dad film him impersonating his idol's Steph Curry's game-winning shots and he nailed it. He also asked in the video that if he made the shot if Curry would send him a jersey. If you need us, we'll be waiting patiently for Curry's response.

Next up, what do YOU do in between your workout sets? Well if your Washington Capitals winger Ilya Kovalchuk, you have a dance party of course?

Lastly, Vancouver Canucks winger Antoine Roussel's son Teddy takes no days off when it comes to wanting to follow in his father's footsteps one day. This is how you do #HockeyAtHome.