2020 Tokyo Olympics: Alaskan Teen Sensation Lydia Jacoby Trained in ‘Ice Cleats’ During Pandemic

by Samantha Whidden

Lydia Jacoby, a gold medal winner at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, reportedly did whatever she took to get prepare for the ultimate sporting event. This includes training in ice cleats to keep in shape. 

During her recent interview with Alaska News Source, the 2020 Olympics athlete states she was lifting weights in her garage and running with ice cleats while training. She thought up these workout methods during the COVID-19 pandemic. “My dad and I were able to build a squat cage for me. That was really helpful.”

The now 2020 Olympics gold medalist also states that she will be swimming for the University of Texas next year. “For me, picking a fast swim school was important,” Lydia shares. She explains if she’s putting in that much work every week, she really wants to be training with the best, be coached by the best. “And that’s where I could do that.”

Lydia Jacoby Talks Winning Gold Medal During 2020 Tokyo Olympics

Jacoby took the gold medal for Team USA after winning the women’s 100-meters during the Tokyo Olympics.  She finished the race in 1:04.95, followed by Tatjana Schoenmaker from South Africa, who was .27 of a second back.  Fellow Team USA member, Lilly King, took bronze, finishing .59 of a second behind Jacoby.

Following her race, Jacoby shares with USA Today, “I was definitely racing for a medal. I wasn’t really expecting a gold medal so when I looked up at the scoreboard it was insane.”

USA Today also spoke to Lilly King about the race. “I’m surprisingly OK right and very happy with my race,” King explains. She also says she’s so excited for Lydia and loves seeing the future Olympics participants coming up the way that Lydia is.  The media outlet states that Jacoby is the first Olympic swimmer and the 10th Summer Olympian to be born in Alaska. 

King also previously spoke about Jacoby prior to the Tokyo Olympics. “I love to see more representation of states. That is a big deal in [Jacoby’s] hometown and her home state,” King told Swimming World Magazine last month. Lilly also says while she was expecting some competition from new swimmers, she did not expect Lydia. “I’m excited to have a new training partner and excited to see what we can do.”

So far, Team USA women’s swimmers have been absolutely amazing during the 2020 Olympics. During the 400m individual medley final, Emma Weyant took home silver and Hali Flickinger received bronze. In the women’s 4 x 100m Freestyle, Team USA took home bronze. Katy Ledecky scored the silver medal during the women’s 400m freestyle and Regan Smith grabbed bronze in the Women’s 100m backstroke. 

The swimming portion of the 2020 Olympics is set to conclude on Sunday (August 1st)