Yesterday, Erin Jackson, 25, became the first black woman to make an Olympic team for long-track speedskating. She qualified in third place with a time of 39.04 in the 500 meter event at the U.S. Speedskating Trials in Milwaukee, Wisc.

Making an Olympic team is impressive enough; what makes Jackson’s feat even more impressive is how recently she came to long-track speedskating. She’s only been training full-time on ice for about four months.

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