At the Beijing Winter Olympics 2022, records were broken and history was made.
February 13, 2009 Erin Jackson became the first Black woman to win a medal for speedskating—taking home Olympic gold. The 29-year-old Ocala, Fla. athlete’s win in the women’s 500-meter race, with a time of 37.04 seconds, also marked the first individual speedskating medal for the United States since 2010 and the first time a Team USA female athlete has won that event since 1994.
“I just hope it sparks something,” Jackson told NBC’s Today show, “like maybe a young Black girl saw my race or something and she’s like, “Oh, well, maybe ItYou should definitely try it.” It would be awesome. It doesn’t matter if there is only one skater, it would be great to have another person out with me.
Team USA also has much to be proud about Jessie Diggins. On Feb. 8, the 30-year-old skier won the bronze medal in the women’s individual cross-country skiing final, marking the first time a U.S. athlete has won a medal in the Olympic event.