“I asked him if Tokyo’s on his mind,” Ledecky said in a recent interview. “He definitely wants to go to an Olympics. He hasn’t been to one yet. I think he’d make a great Olympian. Definitely was trying to encourage him to continue down that path.”
For the episode, the trio left the arena, and Riley peppered the two athletes with questions as they swapped a steady stream of dad jokes and athletic tips. And for her part, Ledecky brought both Morrison and Curry gifts — swim caps with her name printed on it, which Curry initially put on sideways.
“There you go,” Ledecky said when Curry finally had it straightened out.
“I’m an amateur,” Curry said.
“It looks good. You . . . got to get you in the water,” Ledecky told him.
“He’s just so down to earth, so nice,” Ledecky later said of the experience. “. I couldn’t stop smiling the whole time in the car. Just a surreal experience.”
While the entire Curry car ride lasted about an hour, it was edited down to a five-minute video for the program. The Tokyo discussion did not make the final cut. Curry has been a part of the U.S. men’s national team but pulled out of the 2016 Rio Olympics, citing injuries suffered during the Warriors’ postseason run that year.
Ledecky missed most of the recent Golden State game because she had an evening training session at the Stanford pool. The group didn’t leave the arena until after 11:30 p.m., and then she had to get up early for a 6:30 a.m. session the next day.
“She’s sacrificing a lot of her sleep right now to be with us,” Curry said in the video, “so I appreciate that.”
“I knew it was going to be a late night, and I told Steph that. … He knows what that kind of practice schedule was like,” Ledecky said in the recent interview. “But I didn’t want to pass up that kind of opportunity.”
Ledecky is preparing for world championships, which take place in July in South Korea. Her next competition is a TYR Pro Swim Series meet in Richmond that begins April 10. Though she turned professional last year, she continues to train at Stanford with her former teammates.
“I don’t know if you all would be cool with it, but I’d love to come watch a training session,” Curry said in the episode as the group stopped at a taco food truck. “. . . I’d absolutely love it.”
“You have a cap now,” Ledecky told him, “so hop in.”
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