Jüri Jaanson

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Jüri Jaanson
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Jüri Jaanson in 2011
Medal record
Competitor for Estonia Estonia
Men's Rowing
Olympic Games
Silver 2008 Beijing Double Sculls
Silver 2004 Athens Single Sculls
World Championships
Competitor for Soviet Union Soviet Union
Gold 1990 Tasmania Single Sculls
Bronze Bled 1989 Single Sculls
Competitor for Estonia Estonia
Silver 1995 Tampere Single Sculls
Bronze 2005 Gifu Quadruple Sculls
Bronze 2007 Munich Double Sculls
European Championships
Gold 2008 Marathon Quadruple Sculls

Jüri Jaanson (born 14 October 1965 in Tartu) is the most successful Estonian rower of all time and the winner of five medals at Rowing World Championships. He became World Champion in Tasmania 1990 in the single sculls event. 14 years later, at age 38 he won an Olympic silver medal in the single sculls event at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens.[1] In Beijing 2008 he won his second Olympic silver medal, this time in the double sculls event with Tõnu Endrekson.[2] He is a member of the SK Pärnu rowing club located in Pärnu. In 2007, Jaanson became the oldest rower ever to win a World Cup event at the age of 41 in Amsterdam.[3]

Jaanson had to overcome a particularly challenging childhood, brought on by a severe case of pneumonia at the age of 2. Doctors gave antibiotics which saved him, but which also left him almost completely deaf. He attended a school for the deaf until he obtained a primitive hearing aid at the age of 12, allowing him to attend a regular school. Still, being a loner, he struggled with fitting in. At Tartu University, when a coach introduced him to rowing, he took to it passionately, in fact so passionately that he left the University to focus on rowing.[4] He wears hearing aids on a regular basis and was also seen wearing them during his rowing competitions.

Jaanson is among four athletes to compete in rowing at six Olympics, with Romanian Elisabeta Oleniuc Lipă in 2004, Canadian Lesley Thompson (cox) in 2008, and Australian James Tomkins.

On 18 November 2010, Jaanson announced ending his career. In July 2011 he was awarded with the Thomas Keller Medal, the highest honor in rowing.[5]

He is also member of Estonian parliament Riigikogu.

Olympic Games[edit]

World championships[edit]

European Championships[edit]

  • 2008 Athens, GreeceMed 1.png Quadruple Sculls (with Tõnu Endrekson, Andrei Jämsä and Allar Raja)

Rowing World Cup[edit]

Overall wins

  • Single sculls: 1990, 1995
  • Quadruple sculls: 2005
  • Double sculls: 2007

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Preceded by
Jaan Ehlvest
Estonian Sportsman of the Year
Succeeded by
Tiit Sokk
Preceded by
Ago Markvardt
Estonian Sportsman of the Year
Succeeded by
Erki Nool
Preceded by
Andrus Värnik
Estonian Sportsman of the Year
Succeeded by
Andrus Veerpalu
Preceded by
James Tomkins
Thomas Keller Medal
Succeeded by