From planning to attend the Olympics as a fan last summer to swimming her way to a gold medal in the Olympics today. Is something Lydia Jacoby wouldn’t have imagined at the time. Lydia won the women’s 100-meter breaststroke event on Tuesday.
“I was definitely racing for a medal. I knew I had it in me,” Jacoby said. “I wasn’t really respecting a gold medal, so when I looked up and saw the scoreboard, it was insane.”
She became one of the youngest American swimmers to win gold. Lydia has never swam in an Olympic-sized pool before until last month. Alaska only has one 50-meter pool.