Erin Jackson made history when she qualified for the American long-track speedskating Olympic team. The 25-year old Jackson qualified for the team in the 500-meter event by placing third at the Olympic Trials in Milwaukee behind Brittany Bowe and Joey Mantia.
Jackson is the first African-American female to qualify for the American long-track team. A native of Marian County, Florida, she has been skating on ice just four months, having started her career as an in-line skater in 2003.
Jackson is a graduate of the University of Florida.