Lydia Jacoby

17-Year-Old Swimmer Becomes Newest Olympic Sensation

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Lydia Jacoby, of the United States, celebrates after winning the final of the women's 100-meter breaststroke at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Tuesday, July 27, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan.
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A 17-year-old from Alaska became the newest Olympic sensation when she won gold in the women's 100m breaststroke Tuesday.

Seeing Lydia Jacoby’s hometown of Seward, Alaska, celebrate the teen’s win was one of the most magical moments of the Tokyo Olympics so far.

Raj Mathai caught up with the teen who talked about what her win means to her and her family and friends. Watch the video above.

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