World’s best skater can go to the Olympics – level 3

14-01-2022 15:00

American speed skater Erin Jackson’s dream to chase Olympic gold is back for her signature 500-meter event at next month’s Beijing Olympics.

Jackson ranked number one in the world in the 500 meters event; however, she slipped during US Olympic trials in Milwaukee, and she missed out on an Olympic spot. Those prized spots went to the winner of the event, Brittany Bowe, and the second-place finisher Kimi Goetz. Jackson, who came in third, looked like she was going to miss her likely last trip to the Olympics after she went to Pyongyang, North Korea, in 2018.

Missing the competition would have been a shock, so Bowe decided to step in. In a selfless act, Bowe, who had qualified for three races in Beijing, gave up her own spot to give it to her good friend and teammate, Jackson. Jackson, who calls Bowe a long-time friend and mentor, said that she was beyond grateful and humbled. Bowe will still be going to Beijing, as she qualified for the 1,000 and 1,500-meter competitions.

Difficult words: signature (an event that’s the most important and well-known), mentor (an experienced and trusted adviser or teacher), humbled (modest and thankful).

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