Erin Jackson Just Became the First Black Woman to Win a Solo Medal in Olympic Speed Skating

Erin Jackson just secured a gold medal at the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, making history at the same time. 

On February 13, the 29-year-old speed skater became the first Black woman to medal in her sport at the Olympics. If that wasn’t monumental enough, the Team USA champion took the first place spot in the women’s 500m with an incredible run time of 37.04, finishing 0.08 seconds ahead of silver medalist Miho Takagi of Japan and 0.17 seconds faster than Russia Olympic Committee’s Angelina Golikova.


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