KSL OLYMPICS

Jackson Gets Gold In 500 Meter Long Track, First For US In 28 Years

Feb 13, 2022, 7:49 AM | Updated: 8:27 pm
BEIJING, CHINA - FEBRUARY 13: Erin Jackson of Team United States celebrates after winning the Gold ...
BEIJING, CHINA - FEBRUARY 13: Erin Jackson of Team United States celebrates after winning the Gold medal during the Women's 500m on day nine of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games at National Speed Skating Oval on February 13, 2022 in Beijing, China.

SALT LAKE CITY – U.S. skater & Utahn Erin Jackson’s 37.04 was enough to break the country’s 28 year gold medal drought in the women’s long track 500 meter speed skating.

The women’s long track 500 meter speed skating event took place at the National Speed Skating Oval on February 13, 2022.

Jackson came into her heat needing to best the 37.12 posted in an earlier heat by Japan’s Miho Takagi. Her second best 10.33 in the opening 100 meters, put her in position to skate stress free to the gold.

Angelina Golikova of the Russian Olympic Committee won bronze.

The 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics

Just a year after Japan’s summer Olympics, the Games are back for a winter show in Beijing, China. The unusually short gap between Games is due to the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Strict precautions and enforced virus prevention protocol are in place to help keep athletes, coaches and personnel safe. 

Beijing is the capital of China, with a population of more than 20 million people and the first city to host both a Summer and Winter Olympic games. It is one of the largest cities in the world and 15 hours ahead of Mountain Time. There are 13 different venues in and around Beijing that will be used for the Winter Olympics. A total of 109 events will be held in 15 different sports, and there will be a lot of Utah locals competing for medals. Keep up to date with them at our Olympic headquarters.

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