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First Black woman on U.S. Olympic long-track skating team started sport only 4 months ago

By Taryn Finely,

A 25-year-old long-track speed skater is gearing up for the 2018 Winter Olympics just four months after she first took to the ice.

Erin Jackson qualified for the U.S. team last Friday when she came in third place in trials for the 500-meter race behind two former Olympians, Brittany Bowe and Heather Bergsma.

The Florida resident finished her first run 39.22 seconds and clocked in at 39.04 in her second run. Jackson told NBC Sports that she was surprised she had made the squad.


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