Erin Jackson became the first African American woman to win gold in speed skating.

Erin Jackson became the first African American woman to win gold in speed skating.

‘It’s amazing’: 29-year-old Erin Jackson became the first African-American woman to win gold in speed skating at the Beijing Winter Games.

  • Erin Jackson won the gold medal in the women’s 500m speed skating.
  • Jackson, who finished 24th at her first winter games in Pyeongchang, South Korea four years ago, beat Japan’s Miho Takagi and Russia’s Angelina Golikova.
  • “This medal means so much. It’s been a tough couple of years and a tough start to this year. I’m so happy that it happened the way it did,” she said.
  • Jackson’s story is a wonderful road to gold. She only started speed skating in September 2017 and has exceeded all expectations.

Erin Jackson became the first African-American woman to be crowned Olympic Ice Rink Queen.

The 29-year-old speed skater from West Jordan, Utah won the gold medal in the women’s 500m.

The new speed star, who placed 24th at her first Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea four years ago, beat Japan’s Miho Takagi and Russian Olympic Committee member Angelina Golikova, who had to settle for silver and bronze, respectively.

Jackson said after her win, “I wish I could describe how I feel. This is amazing”.

Erin Jackson became the first African-American woman to be crowned Olympic Ice Rink Queen.

Erin Jackson became the first African-American woman to be crowned Olympic Ice Rink Queen.

Rin Jackson of the United States celebrates winning the women's 500m speed skating event at the Beijing 2022 Olympics.

Rin Jackson of the United States celebrates winning the women’s 500m speed skating event at the Beijing 2022 Olympics.

Jackson, who finished 24th at her first winter games in Pyeongchang, South Korea four years ago, beat Japan's Miho Takagi and Russia's Angelina Golikova.

Jackson, who finished 24th at her first winter games in Pyeongchang, South Korea four years ago, beat Japan’s Miho Takagi and Russia’s Angelina Golikova.

Jackson only started speed skating in September 2017, but quickly surpassed all expectations.

Jackson only started speed skating in September 2017, but quickly surpassed all expectations.

“This medal means so much. It’s been a tough couple of years and a tough start to this year. I’m so happy that it happened the way it did.”

Jackson stated her desire to increase racial diversity in speed skating upon her arrival in Beijing.

She added: “I understand what people look like [up] people who are like them in terms of what they think they can do.”

“So when people watch the Winter Olympics, roller derby and other types of figure skating, they might not see a lot of people of color there.”

Erin declared her aspirations to increase racial diversity in speed skating upon her arrival in Beijing.

Erin declared her aspirations to increase racial diversity in speed skating upon her arrival in Beijing.

She said she realized that people look at competitors who are similar to them in terms of what they think they can do.

She said she realized that people look at competitors who are similar to them in terms of what they think they can do.

Jackson rides to victory and wins the gold medal on the ninth day of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics in the National Oval Speed ​​Skating.

Jackson rides to victory and wins the gold medal on the ninth day of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics in the National Oval Speed ​​Skating.

Jackson is the first American woman to win the tournament since Bonnie Blair in 1994.

Jackson is the first American woman to win the tournament since Bonnie Blair in 1994.

“I’m looking forward to being one of those people that other young kids and people of color can look at and say, ‘Hey, she’s in there doing it, so we have some insight.’

Her story is a remarkable ascent to gold. She only started speed skating in September 2017.

She exceeded all expectations by qualifying for the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea.

She said she had no hopes of qualifying for the Olympic trials, although she had aspirations to be a member of Team USA.

“I just haven’t seen it happen so fast,” she added.

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