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Speedskater Erin Jackson Says Her Historic Gold Medal at 2022 Olympics Is a True “Win” for Black Girls

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Erin Jackson‘s skating sped her as much as position mannequin standing. 

The 29-year-old athlete grew to become the primary Black American girl to ever win an Olympic medal for velocity skating, in response to NBC Sports activities, when she positioned first within the ladies’s 500m race at the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics on Sunday, Feb. 13. 

After the victory, she advised E! Information why she hopes her win will encourage Black women to observe their desires. Erin shared, “If, for instance, one younger Black woman occurred to see me on the market racing and profitable a gold medal…if one woman could be impressed by that to go on the market and possibly chase her desires—whether or not it is in winter sports activities or something generally—then I might name {that a} win.”

The trailblazer mentioned she desires her success to not simply be a “good instance,” however to additionally result in extra alternatives for elevated range within the U.S. for winter sports activities. She continued, “It means quite a bit and hopefully it may be a giant leaping off level for this system and possibly for all of the winter applications.”

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