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Monday, April 15, 2024

Ocala’s Erin Jackson continues dominant season with another gold

The fastest female ice skater in the world recently claimed another gold medal as part of a dominant year in which she’s won multiple World Cup titles.

Erin Jackson just claimed her fourth World Cup gold medal of the year this past week at the ISU World Cup Speed Skating #5.

Just days before that gold medal victory, Jackson claimed another gold medal in the 500-meter women’s race at the Four Continents Speed Skating Championships.

In both events, which were held in Salt Lake City over the past two weeks, Jackson narrowly edged out American teammate Kimi Goetz.

Jackson, who is from Ocala and trains out of Utah, has been on a blistering pace since claiming gold at the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing nearly two years ago.

In December, the 31-year-old athlete ended the Fall World Cup season with another gold medal win in the women’s 500-meter speed skating race in Poland.

In November, Jackson claimed multiple medals at the Pan American Games for inline speed skating events that were held on the track and not on the ice, including a gold medal in the women’s 500-meter race.

Erin Jackson wins gold at 2023 Pan Am Games
Erin Jackson wins gold at 2023 Pan Am Games

Jackson currently leads the standings of the ISU World Cup Women’s 500m, with 434 points over eight events.

Since 1984, the ISU World Cup Speed Skating series has hosted annual skating competitions comprised of multiple events and races. Skaters earn points at each competition and, at the end of the year, the skater who has accumulated the most points in a given distance is crowned the World Cup winner in that distance.

Jackson finished third in the ISU World Cup Women’s 500m last season and claimed the title during the previous season (2021-2022).

Last February, Jackson was honored with a bobblehead by the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum, who sought to recognize her historic accomplishment as the first Black woman to win an individual gold medal at the Winter Olympics.

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