‘A momentous occasion’: Lydia Jacoby’s hometown of Seward, Alaska, celebrates her Olympic gold

a man wearing a blue shirt: Lydia Jacoby holdsup her gold medal after winning the women's 100-meter breaststroke.Monday night’s city council meeting in the city of Seward, Alaska, wasn’t the first thing on mayor Christy Terry’s mind. It was seeing hometown hero Lydia Jacoby win gold in the women’s 100-meter breaststroke at the Tokyo Olympics.

The small port city, located roughly 100 miles and a two-hour drive south from Anchorage, has a population of around 2,700 people, but hundreds of people gathered together to watch Jacoby’s win in Tokyo.

Terry wasn’t one of those people gathered in a ship hangar for a watch party because she was in the city council chambers for a meeting that was already postponed so all members could watch the race. However, the reactions in the chambers were similar to the cheers and excitement inside the hangar and across the country in Orlando as Jacoby’s parents saw their daughter achieve Olympic history.

“It’s just such a momentous occasion. There was crying, there was yelling, we are so proud of our hometown girl, and we’re so enthusiastic for the United States today to have a gold medal,” Terry told USA TODAY Sports. “We’re just over the world.”

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