There, the American Erin Jackson managed to enrapture many sports enthusiasts by winning Olympic gold in the 500 meters. The story of Erin Jackson sounds like a fairy tale. It was only in the fall of 2016 that she put on skates for the first time in her life. That happened at the ice rink in Dronten, under the guidance of… Bianca Roosenboom.
Ice Rink Dronten
During that period, the American sprinter spent three months in Heerenveen on the couch with Roosenboom, to train for inline skating. She took Jackson to the ice rink in Dronten at the time. More than five years later, Jackson establishes her name in the history books of the Olympic Games.
“I’m sitting on the couch with tears, cheering and emotions. I think the whole street has heard me,” Roosenboom cheered on Sunday afternoon. Radio East† “It felt like my own victory, I’m so happy for her. Such a beautiful feeling. I’ve known her since she was thirteen, sixteen years. I lived with her in America and she lived with me in the Netherlands. This it’s beautiful. If you wish it on anyone, it’s her.”
Roosenboom has always had confidence in Jackson’s skating potential. “Yes, I was sure she could do it. But she didn’t have the financial means to bring it up. In the beginning, if you’re not good yet, nobody picks you up. Someone has to do that for you. She attended me and I arranged ice skating for her. I took her to Dronten and it turned out that she really liked skating,” said Roosenboom.
Bianca Roosenboom also spoke on Radio Oost this afternoon about her own farewell. Listen back to the conversation below.