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Olympic great Katie Ledecky avoids Lia Thomas, NCAA lawsuit question

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Katie Ledecky is set to compete at the 2022 Paris Olympics where she will add to her seven gold medals and status as one of the greatest female Olympians.

While avoiding politics generally, Ledecky was asked her views on the Title IX lawsuit against the NCAA over transgender swimmer Lia Thomas.

“I think we’re lucky to live in a country where issues can be debated, whether it’s that issue or any other issue,” Ledecky said. “It’s how I feel. I think it’s important to learn perspectives of others and gain an understanding of things and learn more about where everyone comes from.”

“I don’t want to get into politics,” she said.

She preferred not to comment directly but said issues can be debated in the US and it’s important to understand different perspectives.

Ledecky noted she tries to focus on competing rather than get involved in anything controversial as a current athlete.

“I think everyone has the ability to choose what they feel comfortable with and what they want to speak up for,” she added. “As a current athlete and somebody still competing, I have always tried to just keep my focus on the competition and not get too involved in anything that could become controversial.”

The US Olympic swimming trials are upcoming in June.

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