Episode 21: Don Jackson

Featuring Donald Jackson

All champions contribute to the sport of figure skating, but only a few change the sport in significant ways. In this edition of the Alumni podcast, our greatest champion, Don Jackson describes his skating life before, during and after his historic triple Lutz back in 1962. From recognition at international skating hot spots… to the local arena… Don’s life has been dedicated to skating and to the people who have supported him in his quest to be the best at every level of involvement.  Enjoy listening to Don as he and Debbi Wilkes share some outstanding memories.

Skate Canada Hall of Fame – Athlete

A natural showman on ice, this Oshawa skater’s outstanding record of success includes the 1959-62 Canadian, 1959 and 1961 North American Senior Men’s titles, and the 1959 and 1960 World silver and 1960 Olympic bronze medals. In 1962 he earned Canada’s first Men’s World Figure Skating Championship title in what was acclaimed as the finest come-from-behind skating performance ever staged. Landing the first triple Lutz in international competition, he earned a record setting seven perfect marks and was named Canada’s Outstanding Athlete of the Year for 1962. Active as a professional for over 30 years he has been inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame and the United States Figure Skating Hall of Fame.

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