Frank Deford: Olympic Swimmer Ledecky Is This Century's Perfect 10 : The Torch There are no more perfect 10s in gymnastics, so the sports commentator is leaping off the balance beam and into the Olympic pool.
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Frank Deford: Olympic Swimmer Ledecky Is This Century's Perfect 10

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Frank Deford: Olympic Swimmer Ledecky Is This Century's Perfect 10

Frank Deford: Olympic Swimmer Ledecky Is This Century's Perfect 10

Frank Deford: Olympic Swimmer Ledecky Is This Century's Perfect 10

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U.S. swimmer Katie Ledecky holds up her gold medal after winning the women's 800-meter freestyle swimming final at the Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park during the 2012 Summer Games in London. Lee Jin-man/AP hide caption

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U.S. swimmer Katie Ledecky holds up her gold medal after winning the women's 800-meter freestyle swimming final at the Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park during the 2012 Summer Games in London.

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In the television era, the second week of the Olympics is reserved for what is considered the marquee event: track and field.

So, the shared premier showcases of the first week are swimming and women's gymnastics. While swimming was always a spotlight sport, I was, if you will, sort of present at the creation when gymnastics became the new star lead-off hitter.

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