Lydia Jacoby's dad on watching his daughter win Olympic gold

Jul 30, 2021

Friends and fans watched Lydia Jacoby's gold medal-winning race together Monday in Seward.
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Seward and the rest of Alaska watched proudly Monday when 17-year-old Lydia Jacoby won Olympic gold in the women's 100-meter breaststroke.

Lydia’s parents, Rich and Leslie Jacoby, were watching, too, with other Olympian families in Orlando, Fla.

Rich, a maritime instructor for AVTEC, said they’ve been catching up with their gold medalist over the phone. And he said the last few days have been really exciting.


That was Rich Jacoby, of Seward. His daughter, Lydia Jacoby, won a gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics this week in the 100-meter breaststroke.

Lydia will be racing Friday night, in the mixed 400-meter medley race. That's at 6:43 p.m. Alaska time.The watch party for that race starts 6:15 p.m. Friday outside the Dale R. Lindsey Railroad Terminal.It has not yet been announced whether Lydia will race tomorrow in the women's medley relay race finals.You can learn more on the Seward Tsunami Swim Club Facebook page.