‘Deadliest Catch’ Star Capt. Keith Colburn Sends Special Message to Tokyo Olympics Athletes Simone Biles and Lydia Jacoby

by Leanne Stahulak

When Captain Keith Colburn isn’t running crab fishing expeditions on “Deadliest Catch,” he likes to cheer on Team USA at the Tokyo Olympics.

The first-generation crabber took to Twitter earlier this morning to share his thoughts with two incredible Olympic athletes.

“Sending quick recovery wishes to @Simone_Biles, and HUGE congratulations to the pride of Alaska, 17-year-old Lydia Jacoby who won for team #USA in the 100m breaststroke! #Tokyo2020#teamusa#OlympicGames,” the “Deadliest Catch” star wrote.

Simone Biles pulled out of the women’s gymnastics team finals early this morning. USA Gymnastics said in an official statement that “Simone Biles has withdrawn from the team final competition due to a medical issue. She will be assessed daily to determine medical clearance for future competitions.”

The U.S. women’s gymnastics team still won the silver medal, even without Biles’ performance. The “Deadliest Catch” captain is one of many sending words of encouragement the gymnast’s way.

But 17-year-old Alaskan Lydia Jacoby took home the gold this morning in the women’s 100m breaststroke. She just beat out South Africa’s  Tatjana Schoenmaker and her fellow teammate Lily King. USA Today reported that Jacoby’s “the first Olympic swimmer and only the 10th Summer Olympian to be born in Alaska.”

“Deadliest Catch” Captain Keith Colburn was clearly proud to see her represent the great state. Many said that Jacoby’s win was an “upset,” considering she came in second to fellow USA swimmer King in qualifying rounds. King also took home the gold medal in the 2016 Rio Olympics for the 100m breaststroke.

‘Deadliest Catch’ Captain Keith Colburn Shares Thoughts On Tokyo Olympics

“Deadliest Catch” Captain Keith Colburn might just be Lydia Jacoby’s biggest fan. After he posted his congratulations to her on Twitter, one of his followers responded with, “Yeah, but can she bait a crab pot? Lol.”

Colburn was quick to support his Olympic icon. “The guts and drive she shows in the water would serve her well on deck,” the captain wrote.

This isn’t the first time the “Deadliest Catch” captain has posted about the Olympics either. On Saturday, he sent out a message to his fans asking about their Olympics watch plans.

“Who is watching the #OlympicGames ? Favorite sport? Event you are most looking forward to watching? Go #USA,” Colburn tweeted.

A variety of responses soon poured in, ranging from gymnastics to track and field to skateboarding to swimming. Eventually, a couple of fans also pointed out the one sport that was missing in the Games.

“Hey captain Keith they should have crab fishing in the Olympics most lbs of crab gets the gold,” Twitter user Jason Fahs said.

“Deadliest Catch” fan Paul Morris said, “My favorite sport is watching people on your boat and you haul in crab! It should be an Olympic sport. All deserve a gold medal! Love you!”