2020 Tokyo Olympics: Alaska’s Lydia Jacoby Takes Home Gold in Swimming, Leading to Wild Reaction from Hometown Crowd

by Joe Rutland

With her hometown cheering all the way, Alaska’s Lydia Jacoby won the women’s 100-meter breaststroke gold medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Jacoby, a 17-year-old native of Seward, Alaska, who will swim collegiately for the University of Texas, scored a huge upset. She took the gold medal for the United States while favored teammate Lilly King, who was going for her second gold in the event, won the bronze medal.

But the fans were watching back home in Seward. Watch their reactions during the final seconds of the race at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Jacoby scored her gold-medal win in 1:04.95. South Africa’s Tatjana Schoenmaker secured the silver medal by finishing .27 of a second back. 

King took bronze, finishing .59 of a second behind Jacoby in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. It’s the third Olympic medal of her career.

“I was definitely racing for a medal,” Jacoby said after her race in an article from USA Today. “I wasn’t really expecting a gold medal so when I looked up at the scoreboard it was insane.”

While King was favored heading into the race, she celebrated Jacoby’s gold medal-winning effort.

“I’m surprisingly OK right now and very happy with my race,” King said to USA Today. “So excited for Lydia. I love to see the future coming up like this.”

Fans Offer Their Reactions Online To Crazy 2020 Tokyo Olympics Finish

While Jacoby’s hometown fans were going crazy and cheering her on, viewers of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics offered their two cents online.

Melissa Dulaney wrote, “I loved seeing the reaction of her friends back in Alaska! Such a great moment!”

Matt Villasana wrote also on Twitter, “I want to be in Seward Alaska for their next Olympics swimming watch party! Crazy!!”

Josh McKown added, “How about that watch party with all HS kids for USA swimmer Lydia Jacoby in her Alaska hometown? Such an awesome scene!! If you haven’t seen it, look it up.”

In this case, you can just look above and watch it over and over again. Those moments are what make events like the Olympics special.

Michael Phelps Said Team USA Swimmer Katie Ledecky ‘Would’ve Destroyed’ Him

While we’re on swimming at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Michael Phelps (remember him?) said Team USA swimmer Katie Ledecky would have beaten him.

In a new interview, Phelps said Ledecky, who is a rising star in the 2020 Olympic Games, would have actually beat him back in the day.

“I had the privilege to train with her at the last training camp, in 2016,” Phelps said. “I’m very happy that she didn’t do the exact set with us that day because she would’ve destroyed me.”

Over the weekend, she narrowly lost in the women’s 400-meter freestyle. Ledecky later rebounded and advanced to the 200-meter freestyle semifinals.