Sick speedskater Erin Jackson hopes for speedy recovery

Sick speedskater Erin Jackson hopes for speedy recovery

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) _ Speed skater Erin Jackson is hoping for a speedy recovery after missing Friday’s opening ceremonies in Pyeongchang due to illness.

Jackson posted on Instagram that her coaches and medical team decided she should stay in after being sick this week. Jackson races on Feb. 18. In the meantime, she told followers she’s having a bit of cabin fever.

“For now I’m just hanging out in my room, watching the live stream and rocking my new @teamusa onesie,” she posted.

Dozens of supporters posted get-well wishes on her message.

Jackson, 25, is the first black woman to make a U.S. Olympic long track team. The Ocala, Florida, native is a three-time roller sports athlete of the year who transitioned to ice just months before qualifying for the Winter Games in January. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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