Erin Jackson Makes History by Being First Black Woman to Win Gold in 500m Individual Speedskating Finals at Beijing Olympics
U.S. speedskater and World Cup Champion Erin Jackson claimed a gold medal today in the 500-meter individual speed skating final at the Beijing Olympics, becoming the first Black woman to win an individual medal in any Winter Olympics. (Source: Good Black News)
The 29-year-old from Ocala, Florida said, “Hopefully, we’ll see more minorities, especially in the USA, getting out and trying these winter sports.” The former inline skater who switched to speedskating shortly before the 2018 Olympics, won the gold medal with a time of 37.04 seconds! The win gave the American speedskating program its first individual medal since the 2010 Olympics.