Erin Jackson Skates Into US History as First Black Woman To Win World Cup

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Speedskater Erin Jackson made history at the season opener in Poland, becoming the first Black woman in the U.S. to win a World Cup race. She beat her own record a day later.

Erin Jackson has made history, becoming the first Black American woman to win a World Cup speedskating race, per the Associated Press

The Ocala, Florida, athlete won the 500 meters in 37.613 seconds in the season opening in Poland on Friday. A day later, she broke her own record, finishing the second 500-meter race with a time of 37.555 seconds. 

Prior to this, her best World Cup finish was ninth place, per AP. 

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Jackson celebrated the victory in a tweet saying, “What a wild start to the season! My first two world cup medals are golden ones and I couldn’t be more excited!” 

“Two wins and a new track record for the 500m in Poland. Next up is World Cup 2 in Stavanger, Norway,” she added. 

This isn’t the first time Jackson’s rink prowess has earned her a place in speedskating history. In 2018, she became the first Black woman to qualify for a United States Olympic long-track speedskating team, only four months after starting the sport. 

At the Pyeongchang Games, Jackson finished 24th in the 500. 

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