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Olympic champion Lydia Jacoby returned home last week, welcomed by a parade in her hometown of Seward, Alaska.

Jacoby is the first Alaskan to make the U.S. Olympic swim team. As a result, she’s also their first Olympic gold-medalist in swimming.

With just one 50-meter pool in the entire state, Jacoby had limited resources for training growing up.

“Obviously, I come from a small town,” she said, answering questions from a tour boat. “Wherever you’re from and whatever resources you have, with dedication and time you can make it happen.”