Lydia Jacoby speaks out after goggle slip during medley relay at Tokyo Olympics

Team USA's Lydia Jacoby speaks out after experiencing a mishap on Friday's Olympic debut of the mixed 4x100 meter relay at Tokyo Aquatics Center.
Jacoby, who followed Ryan Murphy on the season, was disturbed when her goggles slipped under her nose after she was submerged in the water. During the repetition of the relay race, the young swimmer seemed to narrow her eyes as she resumed her swim stroke to continue the relay race.
The USA did not win a medal in the mixed 4x100m medley relay and finished in fifth place, while Great Britain took gold with a world record time of 3:37:58.
Jacoby revealed after the race that this was a situation she did not face as a swimmer.
"That has never really happened to me," Jacoby said, according to USA Swimming. "It was out of my control when I was in the water at this point, so I just swam as best I could with what was happening."
Image: Lydia Jacoby (Oli Scarff / AFP - Getty Images)
Her teammate Murphy came to her support and stated that he thought the team's relay performance was "solid".
“The rest of the group did very well,” he said. “I'm really proud of Lydia (Jacoby) and how she dealt with these circumstances. Anyone who has swum like they did with their goggles in their mouths - they worked out fantastic there. The rest of the season also went very well. "
Even if the glasses may have caused an awkward situation in the mixed 4x100m relay, they still have a special place in Jacoby's heart. The swimmer has kept her pink swimming goggles over the years after inheriting them from one of her sporting idols.
Former Olympian Jessica Hardy Meichtry announced on Twitter earlier this week that she first met Jacoby five years ago when she hosted a swim clinic in the young athlete's home pool in Seward, Alaska, after her swim team ran a fundraising contest across the US Swimming Foundation had won. The 34-year-old bonded with Jacoby's family and eventually gave Jacoby a pair of pink glasses that she had worn during the competition and that had stayed with her over the years.
Hardy Meichtry, who herself holds bronze and gold medals from the London 2012 Olympics, saw Jacoby again in May after keeping in touch over the years and was able to gift her new glasses after they went out of production .
Despite the mishap with the season on Friday, the lucky glasses seem to work differently!
Jacoby took home the gold medal in the 100-meter breaststroke on Monday, July 26th. The young swimmer made history as the first Olympic champion from Alaska and was only the 10th overall Summer Olympics that came from the state.
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