Erin Jackson the first black women to make the US Olympic Speedskating team

Erin Jackson makes Olympics after just four months of speedskating
09 January 2018

Erin Jackson became the first black woman to make the U.S. Olympic long-track speedskating team during the team trials in Milwaukee.

The 25-year-old from Ocala, Florida, has has been skating on ice for a total of only four months.

“I really wasn’t expecting any of this, just coming in as a newbie, just trying to do the best I can,” Jackson told reporters at the event. “I still don’t even know.”

Jackson will be part of a U.S. Olympic speedskating team that is becoming more diverse. Washington’s Maame Biney recently became the first African-American woman to qualify for the country’s short-track team and they’ll be joined by Chicago’s Shani Davis, the two-time gold medalist who will be competing in his fourth Olympics.

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