Gold Medal Worthy Friends

Hey y’all. Scoop the Cub Reporter here with you from The Shady Pines Gazette news office. Breaking NewsThe Winter Olympics get underway next month but there’s already been a gold medal winning moment as far as I’m concerned.

Brittany Bowe and Erin Jackson are U.S. speed skaters. They are also best friends. So get this. Bowe and Jackson were both skating in a qualifying match trying to make our Olympic team. As you can imagine, competition for those few spots can be fierce! 

Demonstrating Kindness

During the speekskating trials in Milwaukee, Erin, who is ranked number one in the world, slipped slightly in her race and finished third. That little mistake cost her a spot in the Games. But her best buddy, Brittany, who’s been friends with Jackson since childhood, had an idea.

She decided to give up her spot to make it possible for her friend to make the team! Can you believe that? Such an unselfish and big hearted gesture from one friend to another. These two women demonstrate what sportsmanship, teamwork, and kindness are all about.

Great Example

These are the qualities we celebrate here in Shady Pines Story Town. Don’t we want kids to grow up with role models like these two women? Here’s a video with the two of them explaining how this all went down.  **CLICK HERE**

Bowe and Jackson both grew up in Ocala, Florida, and have known each other for almost two decades. Their bond is obvious. And hey, Brittany is still hoping to grab a spot on the 500m speed skating team. And it could happen if other countries fail to qualify for a slot.

Whatever happens, we can still watch Brittany competing in the women’s 1,000- and 1,500m races in Beijing.

I don’t know about you, But I’ll be tuning in to watch these two friends compete when the Olympics get underway starting Februrary 4th.

Go Team USA!  – Scoop out