The one factor Erin Jackson hasn’t been capable of outrace on her 2018 Winter Olympic quest is sickness.
The historical past-making 25-yr-previous lengthy monitor speedskater from Ocala, Florida, missed the Winter Video games’ opening ceremony final week after she caught a bug and that stored her in her room.
“The coaches and medical employees determined it might be greatest for me to remain again and relaxation,” Jackson stated in an Instagram publish final week. “I’m wanting ahead to coming again stronger than ever.”
The truth that Jackson, who has been working towards this week, is even in Pyeongchang is likely one of the superb tales of the Winter Video games. She’s america’ first African American feminine lengthy monitor speedskater on the Winter Olympics.
Jackson certified for the workforce solely 4 months after taking over the game, making the transition from inline curler skating and curler derby.
She went to the U.S. Olympic trials in Milwaukee in January in hopes of gaining expertise. She acquired a aircraft ticket to Pyeongchang as an alternative.
“Once I first went over to the ice, I wasn’t excellent in any respect,” Jackson stated. “It was like a irritating motivation as a result of I think about myself a skater, as a result of I’ve been on skates my…