Omroep Flevoland – Sports – Olympic Champion Begins Life In 500m Speed ​​Skating Ice Leisure World

Erin Jackson, an Olympic champion from the United States in 500m speed skating, began his skating career at the Leisure World Ice Ring in Trenton.

He first wore his skates five years ago. He took marathon skater Bianca Rosenboom. Jackson stayed with him at Hiranwein in the fall of 2016 because he wanted to learn how to make a rollerblade. “Let’s see if you like skating,” Roosevelt said NOS For.

Writing the first few meters. Roosevelt: “She could not stand it, she looked like a starter girl.” So did Jackson. He took up the sport of fast skating quickly and in five years he was able to skate to the top of the world.

Roller skating
Sixteen years ago, Roosevelt and Jackson first met in Okala, Florida. Bianca, 16, flew to the United States alone to train at a leading inline skating school. Erin was 13 years old and had only come in inline skates.

“I remember she got in the way,” Roosevelt says. “She had old roller blades, no money. She came from a very poor family. It was already hard to buy food.” In addition, Erin Jackson was the caregiver of her mother who became seriously ill. This made it difficult to go to school. To clear her mind, she went roller-skating and then roller-blading on a local track. She is talented.

‘Want to skate’
Thanks to contact with inline coach Renee Hillbrand, she continued to stay in the Netherlands and stayed at Heeranwine, where she switched to skating: “She always had the desire to skate,” says Roosevelt, but could not because of the care her mother and college in Florida. “She said: I’m going to finish it first.”

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Jackson’s mother passed away in 2013. Also in 2015, Jackson graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in Applied Physics and Chemistry. After that, I was able to focus fully on skating.

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