Team USA's Lydia Jacoby won Olympic gold in the 100-meter breaststroke wearing her childhood pink goggles

Team USA's Lydia Jacoby won Olympic gold in the 100-meter breaststroke wearing her childhood pink goggles
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Lydia Jacoby is pictured swimming the 100 metre breaststroke in a pair of pink goggles and standing at the olympic podium after winning gold.
The 17-year-old swimmer won gold in the 100-meter breaststroke. Mustafa Yalcin/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images, Ian MacNicol/Getty Images
  • Team USA swimmer Lydia Jacoby took gold at the Tokyo Olympics on Monday.

  • Dominating the 100-meter breaststroke, the Alaskan swimmer wore a pair of pink goggles.

  • Former Olympic swimmer Jessica Hardy revealed that she gave Jacoby the goggles five years ago.

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Team USA swimmer Lydia Jacoby won gold at the Tokyo Olympics on Monday while competing in a pair of pink goggles given to her by a former Olympian five years ago.

The 17-year-old Alaskan took the lead in the final seconds of the 100-meter breaststroke, beating odds to win against two other swimmers, Lilly King, also representing the United States, and South Africa's Tatjana Schoenmaker. The other swimmers won bronze and silver, respectively.

Lydia Jacoby is pictured waving to spectators after winning gold in the 100 meter breastroke final at the Tokyo Olympics.
Jacoby competed in a pair of pink goggles given to her by former Olympian Jessica Hardy. Ian MacNicol/via Getty Images

Pulling off one of the biggest upsets in the Tokyo Games so far, Jacoby swam the race in a pair of pink goggles given to her by Jessica Hardy, 34, who won a bronze and a gold medal while swimming at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

Tweeting out her support for Jacoby before the race on Monday, Hardy revealed she met the young swimmer at her "home pool in Alaska" five years ago and gave her the goggles she's been competing in since.

Removing her pink goggles moments after her first-ever Olympic final, Jacoby looked to be in a state of shock after the scoreboard showed she'd secured first place.

Lydia Jacoby, who won gold at the Tokyo Olympics, looks at the scoreboard to see she's taken the gold in a state of shock.
Jacoby pulled off one of the biggest upsets in the Olympics so far. Xavier Laine/via Getty Images

Jacoby is the first Alaskan swimmer to win gold at the Olympics and, as NBC commentators reported during the race, usually trains in a pool half the size of the Olympic standard of 50 meters. According to E! News, the young swimmer from the small city of Seward, Alaska, gave her thanks to those who supported her in a post-race interview.

"Thank you for all the support and everything over these years," Jacoby said. "It's been amazing."

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