Erin Jackson of the U.S. practices for the women's 500 meters speedskating race at the Gangneung Oval at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018. (AP Photo/John Locher)
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Erin Jackson is the rawest of Olympic rookies.Spotted by an inline coach one day, Jackson was soon on a team and spent 15 years piling up titles and traveling the world.She graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in materials science and engineering and a natural curiosity about technique in a sport where a thousandth of a second can decide a race.She was already well established on wheels, winning 47 national championships and being named Female Athlete of the Year for roller sports three times.Jackson finished third in the 500 meters -- consisting of two runs -- to claim a spot in the Pyeongchang Olympics.Jackson became the first black woman to compete for the U.S. Olympic long track team.Jackson has been a good sport when people confuse her with Biney, who at 18 is seven years younger.
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