Lydia Jacoby Honored on Floor of U.S. Senate as “Alaskan of the Week.”

Tokyo 2020 U.S. Olympian Lydia Jacoby has been honored as the “Alaskan of the Week” in the United States Senate this week by Alaska Senator Dan Sullivan.

Since 2017, Sullivan has weekly (usually on Thursday afternoons) honored an Alaskan who has achieved something notable. According to a story on the feature on, Sullivan began the tradition in response to a parade of Senators bringing up citizens of their state who had died, with the opinion that it would be great to honor Alaskans while they were still around to hear it.

The weekly segment, which can be watched on C-Span, has a bit of a cult following inside the beltway, with the pleasant tone serving as a respite of emotion from the usual chaos and bickering of the Senate floor.

This week, Sullivan used the platform to honor a swimmer, Jacoby, who last week at the U.S. Olympic Trials became the first Alaskan to ever qualify for the Olympic Team in swimming. At just 17-years old, Jacoby finished 2nd in the 100 meter breaststroke behind Lilly King. That gives her at least one event, and likely two with the 400 medley relay prelims leg, to swim in Tokyo.

Watch below as Sullivan talks about Jacoby’s accomplishment.

The swimming portion of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games will take place from July 24-August 1. Jacoby’s 100 breaststroke prelims will take place on July 25th (Tokyo time), with the semi-finals coming July 26th (Tokyo time) and finals on July 27th (Tokyo time). That means the finals, if she qualifies, will be in the evening on July 26th in US time, which is the afternoon on July 26th in Alaska.

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1 year ago

This is so nice

1 year ago

Loved it! Go Lydia!

cynthia curran
1 year ago

There was a marathon runner from Alaska years ago. Train a lot on a nor track. Alaska is different. In fact there is a T L C show about the last families that can live and hunt in the wildness preserve since their families were godfathered in. No one else can do this. You have to travel by plane a lot because of the terrain and distances In fact in grade school one kid got a letter from a kid in Alaska.

1 year ago

I loved it! Learnt a lot about Lydia!

Mr Piano
1 year ago

She’s amazing, and the future of the 100 breast, but if anyone here thinks she’s actually going to beat King in Tokyo, I have a bridge to sell you.

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1 year ago

How much for the bridge?

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1 year ago


1 year ago

I have a hunch that Jacoby could win in Tokyo. Each Olympics there’s seemingly one young breaststroker with an unusual backstory who comes out of nowhere to do something unexpected.

Reply to  Jamie5678
1 year ago

Just hope and pray she doesn’t burn out after one Olympics I think she has a shot, but will be tough. A lot at 1:05 around the world right now.

1 year ago

Was really pulling for Al Gross but this is pretty cool

1 year ago

This is so wholesome, I love it

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