Being the first in anything is quite an accomplishment — but being the first in your trade when you only began practicing four months earlier is in a whole other realm of amazing.
Take Erin Jackson, for example: not only did HuffPost report that the 25-year-old long-track speed skater become the first black woman to make the U.S. long-track skating team, she also did so a mere four months after taking up the sport. Qualifying for the 2018 Winter Olympics, HuffPost says Jackson came in third place in trials for the “500-meter race behind two former Olympians, Brittany Bowe and Heather Bergsma,” finishing her first run in 39.22 seconds and her second in 39.04 seconds.
Becoming the third black athlete ever to make the U.S. Olympic speedskating team and the first black woman to qualify for the long-track competition, HuffPost says Jackson was surprised at her own feat.
“I really wasn’t expecting any of this, just coming in as a newbie, just trying to do the best I can,” she said. “I still don’t even know.”
Know it, Erin — you killed it!