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Donald Jackson (figure skater)

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Donald Jackson
Full nameDonald George Jackson
Born (1940-04-02) April 2, 1940 (age 84)
Oshawa, Ontario, Canada
Figure skating career
Country Canada
Medal record
Representing  Canada
Men's Figure skating
Olympic Games
Bronze medal – third place 1960 Squaw Valley Men's Singles
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 1962 Prague Men's singles
Silver medal – second place 1960 Vancouver Men's singles
Silver medal – second place 1959 Colorado Springs Men's singles
North American Championships
Gold medal – first place 1961 Philadelphia Men's singles
Gold medal – first place 1959 Toronto Men's singles
Olympic medal record
Men's figure skating
Representing  Canada
Bronze medal – third place 1960 Squaw Valley Singles

Donald George Jackson, CM OOnt (born April 2, 1940) is a Canadian retired figure skater. He is the 1962 World Champion, four-time Canadian national champion, and 1960 Olympic bronze medallist. At the 1962 World Figure Skating Championships in Prague, Czechoslovakia, he landed the first triple Lutz jump in international competition and won the world title.[1][2]



Jackson was coached by Pierre Brunet in New York City, where he lived with the family of 1960 Olympic Champion Carol Heiss.[3]

He won a bronze medal at the 1960 Winter Olympics at the age of 19.[4][5]

In both 1959 and 1960, he won a silver medal at the World Championships.[5] The 1961 event was cancelled after the tragic plane crash that claimed the lives of many of Jackson's contemporaries in the US figure skating team. He had not been scheduled to attend the championships that year and was luckily not on board the fatal flight.[3] In 1962, at the World Championships in Prague, Czechoslovakia, Jackson became world champion and made history by landing the first triple Lutz in international competition.[5]

He was inducted into Canada's Sports Hall of Fame in 1962,[6] and the World Figure Skating Hall of Fame in 1977.[5][7]

Jackson is the former director of skating and was also a coach at the Minto Skating Club in Ottawa, Ontario.[6]

In 1997, he was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada (CM).[6][7][8] He was inducted into the Ontario Sports Hall of Fame in 2001.[9]

In 2004, Jackson was included in the first induction of the Lisgar Collegiate Institute Athletic Wall of Fame, as part of the 160th Anniversary celebrations.[10]

In 2012, he was made a Member of the Order of Ontario (OOnt).[11]

In May 2016, aged 76 years old, Jackson appeared in a couple of Stars on Ice shows in Canada, performing a duet with Kurt Browning. His part included an Axel jump and a waltz jump.[12]


Event 1956 1957 1958 1959 1960 1961 1962
Winter Olympics 3rd
World Championships 7th 4th 2nd 2nd 1st
North American Championships 4th 1st 1st
Canadian Championships 2nd 2nd 2nd 1st 1st 1st 1st


  1. ^ "Skate Canada History". Skate Canada. Archived from the original on December 29, 2007. Retrieved January 17, 2008.
  2. ^ World Figure Skating Championship in Prague on YouTube
  3. ^ a b "Tragic Crash Shocks Officials Here". Ottawa Citizen. February 14, 1961.
  4. ^ "Donald Jackson results". IOC. Retrieved September 14, 2019.
  5. ^ a b c d Russell, Susan D. (March 3, 2019). "Donald Jackson: Master of Triple Lutz". IFS magazine. Retrieved September 14, 2019.
  6. ^ a b c "Minto Skating Club: Coaches". Archived from the original on September 30, 2007. Retrieved January 17, 2008.
  7. ^ a b "Donald Jackson – King of Blades". CHIPReverseMortgage. September 6, 2016. Retrieved September 15, 2019.
  8. ^ "Mr. Donald George Jackson". Governor-General of Canada. Retrieved November 9, 2023.
  9. ^ "Don Jackson". oshof.ca. Ontario Sports Hall of Fame. Archived from the original on July 12, 2019. Retrieved September 25, 2014.
  10. ^ Fraser, Bill. "Sports "Wall of Fame"" (PDF). Alere Flammam (Newsletter of Lisgar Alumni Association) Fall 2004. XXX (1). Lisgar Collegiate Institute.
  11. ^ "27 Appointees Named To Ontario's Highest Honour". news.ontario.ca (Archived news release). Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration. January 20, 2012.
  12. ^ Smith, Beverley (May 10, 2016). "Donald Jackson: there's only one". bevsmithwrites.wordpress.com.