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American High Schooler Stuns Even Herself with Upset Gold Medal Win

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One of the joys of the Olympic Games is when the best in the world get beaten by somebody else.

Lydia Jacoby moved from an unknown teenager in Seward, Alaska, to a gold medal winner after winning the women’s 100-meter breast stroke on Tuesday in Tokyo.

Her victory, ahead of Team USA teammate and former gold medalist Lilly King, who holds the world record, and South African star Tatyana Schoenmaker, produced first shock and then celebration on Jacoby’s face as she realized what she had accomplished.

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“I definitely stressed myself out yesterday so I was just trying to feel good and feel happy going into it, and I feel like I did that,” Jacoby said after the race, according to NBC.

“We love to keep that gold in the USA family,” said King, who took a bronze medal. “This kid just had the swim of her life and I’m so proud to be her teammate and win bronze for my country.”

The celebration was unrestrained in her hometown, where her friends and family stayed up late to watch Alaska’s first-ever Olympic swimmer on TV, according to Alaska Public Media.

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