JACKSONVILLE, Fla -- A local Olympian will be competing in the 2018 Winter Olympics held in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
Erin Jackson is a former University of Florida engineering student and roller derby player for the Ocala Cannibals and Jacksonville RollerGirls.
Jackson's roller derby teammates tell First Coast News the Olympian had been skating for New Jax in Jacksonville, Florida for a couple of seasons. It took only four months for the 25-year-old to transition from speed skate to regular skate and then to ice.
According to the Huffington Post, the Florida resident finished her first run 39.22 seconds and clocked in at 39.04 in her second run.
Jackson told NBC Sports, “I really wasn’t expecting any of this, just coming in as a newbie, just trying to do the best I can,” she said, smiling. “I still don’t even know.”
Erin Jackson is the first African American Woman to make the US Olympic Speed Skating Team.
Jackson's Rollerderby team will hold a fundraising event on January 21 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. for Jackson's dad so he can watch his daughter make history at the Olympics.
On January 27, there will be an event at the Jacksonville Ice and Sportsplex for Jackson. All of the proceeds from the event will benefit Jackson and her Olympic travels. According to the Facebook page, the event will be a skate clinic and open scrimmage.
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