Two female Ocala speedskaters are bringing home gold from this year’s International Skating Union World Cup.
The multi-day event is being held in Poland at the Arena Lodowa.
On November 12, Ocala’s own Erin Jackson became the first black American woman to win a World Cup speedskating race.
She finished the 500-meter race in 37.613 seconds, edging out the second-place finisher by around one-tenth of a second.
Jackson was born and raised in Ocala, and attended Forest High School and the University of Florida.
Her career highlights include a silver medal in the 2015 World Championships, and gold medals in the 500-meter race during both the 2014 Pan American Championships and 2014 Pan American Olympic Festival.
Ocala resident Brittany Bowe is another standout at this year’s World Cup. On November 14, she won the Women’s 1000-meter race with a time of 1:14.786.
She also earned a second-place finish in the Women’s 1500-meter race, finishing just six-tenths of a second behind the winner.
Bowe lives in Ocala and attended Florida Atlantic University. She participated in both the 2014 Sochi and 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics. She has a total of 20 World Championship medals, including seven gold medals.
Additional career highlights for Bowe include an induction into the Florida Atlantic University Hall of Fame in 2019, and she was selected as the Utah Olympic Female of the Year in both 2018 and 2019.