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Seward will host a parade for gold medal swimmer Lydia Jacoby

Gold medalist Lydia Jacoby of the United States celebrates on the podium after the final of the...
Gold medalist Lydia Jacoby of the United States celebrates on the podium after the final of the women's 100-meter breaststroke at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Tuesday, July 27, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)(Matthias Schrader | AP)
Published: Aug. 3, 2021 at 8:37 PM AKDT|Updated: Aug. 3, 2021 at 10:02 PM AKDT
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - Let the celebration begin — the City of Seward is planning a parade to celebrate its gold medal-winning swimmer, Lydia Jacoby.

The event begins at 6 p.m. on Thursday with Jacoby and her family driving through Seward for the parade, and at 7 p.m. they’ll get on a Kenai Fjords Tour Boat to address the crowd in front of the Fisherman’s Memorial. Those attending are being asked to view from the Fisherman’s Memorial.

The 17-year-old was one of the biggest storylines of the Summer Olympics after she shocked the world by winning the women’s 100-meter breaststroke.

The Tokyo Olympics were a whirlwind experience for the teen swimmer, winning gold as her hometown went viral on the internet reacting to her incredible victory. Jacoby represented Team USA in two other events, swimming the breaststroke leg of the mixed and women’s medley 4x100-meter relay.

In the mixed medley relay, Jacoby powered through a goggle issue to help the U.S. Olympic team take fifth, and earned a silver medal in the women’s medley relay. Jacoby swam the fastest breaststroke leg of that race, with a time of 1 minute, 5.03 seconds.

Editor’s note: This article has been updated to include additional information.

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