Starr Andrews Becomes First Black US Figure Skater To Win International Grand Prix Medal

Figure skaters perform during the final rehearsals for the world premiere ice skating performance of "The Creative Spirit of John Curry" at the Billingham Forum Ice Arena on August 15, 2019 in Billingham, England. The show honours British skating legend John Curry and forms the centre piece of the 55th Billingham International Folklore Festival of World Dance. In the 1970s and 1980s until his death in 1994 John Curry was one of the most influential ice skaters of the time noted for combining ballet with modern dance in his routines. In 1976 he won gold medals at the Olympics, The World Championships and The European Championships. Following the premiere the performance will move to Sheffield. (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)
(Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)

Black women continue to shine no matter what!

Meet Starr Andrews (21)! It was announced earlier this week that she became the first United States figure skater to win an International Skating Union (ISU) Grand Prix medal in the series history that dates back to 1995 by Skate Canada in Mississauga, Ontario.

According to Black Excellence, Andrews’ skills displayed these two combinations, a double Axel-Euler-triple Salchow and six triple jumps with a score of 191.26 using Lara Fabian’s rendition of “Je Suis Malad.”

The silver medalist shared her excitement, “I actually still fell like it’s a dream. I’ve gone into this year with a different mindset, trying to not be so caught up in my head.”

Derrick Delmore, Andrews trainer release this statement:

“It’s really, really important, especially with everything that’s going on in the world right now. She stepped up to the challenge. The fact she made so much of a statement this week does wonders for the community and it will continue to solidify her as a role model.”

Congrats, Andrew!!