Erin Jackson’s quick transition from inline skating to the ice garnered a lot of media attention, but it was her only shot at the Olympics, and the same path is becoming increasingly common for young skaters. For the past two decades, U.S. Speedskating has made a concerted effort to transition inline skaters like Jackson over to ice, after recognizing that access to the sport’s few traditional 400-meter training tracks was a detriment to the sport’s growth. The formula has reenergized the sport and has resulted in more athletes bringing home medals from both world championships and the Olympics.

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