I saw this today on Time – Lydia Jacoby, the First Alaskan Team USA Swimmer, Wins a Thrilling Gold Medal: https://time.com/6084241/lydia-jacoby-olympics-swimmer-gold/. Congratulations to her. Slightly longer article.
BY ALICE PARK
Lydia Jacoby is used to quizzical looks and puzzled curiosity. You’re from Alaska, and you swim?
Yes, yes she does. And she is now an Olympic gold medalist in the women’s 100-m breastroke. When most of the world was focused on one of the most contentious rivalries in the pool in recent Olympic cycles—the one between Jacoby’s teammate Lilly King and Russia’s Yuliya Efimova—Jacoby slipped in and bested them both for gold in her debut Olympic finals appearance. King earned bronze behind South Africa’s Tatjana Schoenmaker.
King led the race through the first half, but Jacoby made up the difference in the final 50 m, after clocking a final split of 34.21 to King’s 34.83 and Schoenmaker’s 34.81. The three women qualified for the final with the three fastest times, but Jacoby was the only one to shave time off her semifinal race to touch the wall first.