Lydia Jacoby’s fans erupt into frenzy in this wild video as the Alaskan teen wins Olympic gold.
Lydia Jacoby’s family and friends erupted into a frenzy after the 17-year-old Alaskan swimmer won an Olympic gold medal on Tuesday.
At a hometown watch party in Seward, Alaska, the ecstatic fans witnessed Jacoby’s stunning victory in the women’s 100-meter breaststroke.
The crowd leaped into the air in an incredible display of joy as the high schooler defeated teammate and defending champion Lilly King.
“I was unquestionably aiming for a medal. I knew I possessed it,” Jacoby stated following the victory.
“I wasn’t expecting a gold medal, so it was surreal when I looked up and saw the scoreboard.”
King, who earned a bronze medal, encouraged her younger teammate.
“I’m overjoyed for Lydia,” King exclaimed.
“It’s exciting to see the future of American breaststroke developing in this manner and to have someone to compete against in the country.”
Tatjana Schoenmaker of South Africa won silver.