Donald Jackson (figure skater)

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Donald Jackson figure skating
Full name Donald George Jackson
nation Canada
birthday April 2, 1940
place of birth Oshawa, Ontario
discipline Single run
Trainer Otto Gold,
Pierre Brunet ,
Sheldon Galbraith
Medal table
Olympic medals 0 × gold 0 × silver 1 × bronze
World Cup medals 1 × gold 0 × silver 0 × bronze
Olympic rings winter Olympics
bronze Squaw Valley 1960 Men's
ISU World figure skating championships
silver Colorado Springs 1959 Men's
silver Vancouver 1960 Men's
gold Prague 1962 Men's

Donald George Jackson , OC (born April 2, 1940 in Oshawa , Ontario ) is a retired Canadian figure skater who started in a single run . He is the world champion of 1962 .

Jackson took part in a world championship for the first time in 1957 and finished in seventh place. In the following years he was able to achieve good results, in 1959 and 1960 he was runner-up world champion, the first time behind David Jenkins and the second time behind Alain Giletti . At the 1960 Olympic Games in Squaw Valley , he won the bronze medal behind David Jenkins and Karol Divín .

It was also Divin who challenged Jackson at the 1962 World Cup in Prague. After the compulsory program, the Czechoslovak led in his home country with a comfortable lead. Jackson knew that he had to get top marks almost consistently in the freestyle in order to have a chance to become world champion. On March 15, 1962, Donald Jackson became the first figure skater to jump a triple Lutz . To the music of Carmen he opened his freestyle in front of the enthusiastic crowd and garnered great applause. He also got top marks from the judges and thus managed to overtake Divin and become world champion. He was the first Canadian to become world figure skating champion . Then he switched to the professional field and appeared in shows, among other things.

During his competitive career, Jackson was trained by Otto Gold , Pierre Brunet , and Sheldon Galbraith .

In 1977 George Gross published a biography of Jackson called (" King of Blades "). Jackson is an officer and trainer at the Minto Skating Club in Ottawa , Ontario .


Competition / year 1956 1957 1958 1959 1960 1961 1962
winter Olympics 3.
World championships 7th 4th 2. 2. 1.
Canadian Championships 2. 2. 2. 1. 1. 1. 1.

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