(CNN)Katie Ledecky turned 23 on March 17. It was a day she will never forget. “I celebrated it alone,” the five-time Olympic champion told CNN. “A few days before my birthday, I went on a grocery run, something I’ve been doing much less frequently, and I bought a box of cookies. I face-timed with my parents and my brother, and had a cookie.” It has been a tough few weeks for the swimmer. As a pandemic spread around the world, the uncertainty over whether or not the Tokyo Olympics, originally scheduled to start in July, would go ahead affected her mental health. “Not knowing what was going to happen with the Games was overwhelming and draining. We knew they shouldn’t happen,” added Ledecky, appreciating there are more serious matters to grapple with than this summer’s Games. Read More READ: Mallory Weggemann offers powerful example of mental fortitude Ledecky celebrates after winning gold in the Women’s 800m Freestyle final at Rio 2016. “You just can’t hold an Olympics in the middle of a pandemic. We could see that, but when we weren’t getting the official word we felt like had to try to do our best with training. “We were trying… Read full this story
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