How Defending Olympic Champion Lydia Jacoby Is Preparing For U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials

2020 Olympic Champion Lydia Jacoby came from nowhere to win 100 breaststroke gold in Tokyo. Since the last Olympics her competitive ride has been a little bumpy. Lydia’s finding her footing now as we near the 2024 U.S. Olympic Trials in Indianapolis. In this interview she unpacks how she’s training, feeling, and managing the stress of carrying the title, Defending Olympic Champion.


Lydia’s performance has been mixed since the success of her last Olympic Games, but she’s found her rhythm.  I see her making the Paris Olympic Team. Lilly King wins in 1:05 low. Lydia’s 2nd, touching in 1:05.4.  But who cares what I think. It’s all about what you think? Drop your comments below.

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(G)olden Bear
18 days ago

I think Lydia controls her own destiny here. If she’s on, and swims at or near her PB, she’s on the team. If she’s off, she runs the risk of Dobler or ? taking one of the spots.

There aren’t too many events at Trials where this is the case, other than maybe Carson in 400 IM and Fallon in 200 BR.

19 days ago

Off Topic:

2024 CA NOVA Speedo Grand Challenge updates?

19 days ago

2023 Phillips 66 National Championships
W 100 BR
Jacoby, Lydia – 1:05.16

Gold Medal Mel on the conservative side? Did Gold Medal Mel switch to decaf? Who cares what I think, what do you think?

19 days ago

Lydia Jacoby had not swum the W 200 BR since the conclusion of the 2023-2024 NCAA Season. Since the W 100 BR precedes the W 200 BR at the 2024 Olympic Team Trials, there is nothing to lose.

19 days ago

Yeah, lily will win the trials, but Lidiya will be the one to sneak in to the podium..

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Gold Medal Mel Stewart

MEL STEWART Jr., aka Gold Medal Mel, won three Olympic medals at the 1992 Olympic Games. Mel's best event was the 200 butterfly. He is a former World, American, and NCAA Record holder in the 200 butterfly. As a writer/producer and sports columnist, Mel has contributed to Yahoo Sports, Universal Sports, …

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