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Jackson headed to Olympics after Bowe gives up 500 spot

Erin Jackson
Posted at 7:15 AM, Jan 10, 2022
and last updated 2022-01-10 08:15:06-05

Erin Jackson is heading to the Beijing Olympics thanks to Brittany Bowe.

Bowe has given up her spot in the 500 meters, allowing Jackson who is ranked No. 1 in the world in the 500 to make the U.S. team.

Jackson slipped in her race Friday and finished third.

Bowe won the 500 and Kimi Goetz took second, putting them on the team.

The rules didn’t allow for Jackson to have a re-skate — only a mechanical failure or a fall are reasons for a do-over.

In November in Poland, Jackson became the first Black woman to win a World Cup event.

She won four of eight 500 races on the World Cup circuit.

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