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Af­ter tak­ing up speed­skat­ing a mere four months ago, Erin Jack­son, 25, didn’t just sur­prise Amer­ica when she qual­i­fied for the 2018 Games — she sur­prised her­self! “I [came] into the Olympic tri­als this year just hop­ing to get some ex­pe­ri­ence and kind of see where I am. I re­ally wasn’t ex­pect­ing any of this,” says the Ocala, Fla., res­i­dent, who was a com­pet­i­tive in­line skater for 15 years. “It was def­i­nitely a goal of mine to be on Team USA; I just didn’t see it hap­pen­ing this quickly!” But mak­ing the team isn’t her only ac­com­plish­ment: Erin is the first AfricanAmer­i­can woman to make Team USA’S long-track speed­skat­ing team.

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