Don Jackson
skating thru the years

 

 

 

 

 

The 1950's

January 1950 1st place in the Club Novice Championship (The Tonkin Trophy) at the Oshawa Skating Club. His very first competition. During the early 1950s, Don captured 1st or 2nd position in every sectional event.

 

 

Don with The Tonkin trophy

Don with
the Tonkin Trophy
 
April 1951
Don passed his 1st Figure test at the Oshawa Skating Club.
 
January 1955
1st place in the Canadian Junior Menís Championship (The Howard Trophy) at the Toronto Skating Club. His first time in the Canadian Championships (1st in compulsory figures and free skating). Represented the Minto Skating Club (Ottawa).
Don, Pachal, Mayor of Ottawa, O. Gold
Don, Mayor of Ottawa,
Charlotte Whitton,
Ladies Champ, Carol Jane Pachal
Otto Gold, coach
 
August 1955
Passed the Canadian Gold Medal Test (Figure and Free).
 
September 1955
Don received the Lake Placid Sportsmanship Award, Lake Placid, NY. He was chosen by his peers. To this day, this is one of Donís most cherished awards.
 
March 1956
2nd place in the Canadian Senior Menís Championship (The Minto Cup) at the Galt Figure Skating Club. Don was 3rd in compulsory figures and runner-up to 3 time winner Charles Snelling.
 
February 1957
  • 4th place in the North American Menís Championship (The Rogers Trophy) at the Genessee Skating Club, Rochester, NY.
  • 2nd place in the Canadian Senior Menís Championship (The Minto Cup) at the Winnipeg Winter Club. Runner-up to 4 time winner Charles Snelling.
 
March 1957
7th place in the World Championships at Colorado Springs, Colorado (10th in compulsory figures, 5th in free skating).
 
January 1958
2nd place in the Canadian Senior Menís Championship (The Minto Cup) at the Minto Skating Club (Ottawa). Runner-up to 5 time winner Charles Snelling (3rd in compulsory figures, 2nd in free skating). Represented the Oshawa Skating Club.
 
February 1958
4th place in the World Championship in Paris, France (9th in compulsory figures, 2nd in free skating).
 
January 1959
1st place in the Canadian Senior Menís Championship (The Minto Cup) at the Noranda Skating Club (1st in compulsory figures, 1st in free skating). Final - 1st by all judges. Represented the Toronto Cricket, Skating and Curling Club.
 
February 1959
  • 1st in the North American Menís Championship (The Rogers Trophy) at the Toronto Cricket, Skating and Curling Club (3rd in compulsory figures). Unanimous 1st place.
  • 2nd place in the World Championships, Colorado Springs, Colorado (4th in compulsory figures, 2nd in free skating).

 

The 1960's

February 1960
  • 1st place in the Canadian Senior Menís Championship (The Minto Cup) at the Wascana Club, Regina, Saskatchewan. 1st in compulsory figures. Final - 1st by all judges.
  • Bronze medal in the Winter Olympics, Squaw Valley, California. 4th in compulsory figures.
 
March 1960
2nd place in the World Championships, Vancouver, BC. Runner-up to Alain Giletti (France) who had 33 point lead after figures (2nd in compulsory figures,1st in free skating by all judges).
 
January 1961
1st in the Canadian Senior Menís Championship (The Minto Cup) at Lachine, PQ. Unanimous 1st place.
 
February 1961
1st place in the North American Menís Championship (The Rogers Trophy) at the Philadelphia Skating Club and Humane Society, Pennsylvania. Unanimous 1st place.
 
September 1961
Passed Gold Medal Tests, Figure & Free and Dance (Canada and USA).
 
February 1962
1st place in the Canadian Senior Menís Championship (The Minto Cup) at the Toronto Cricket, Skating and Curling Club. Unanimous 1st place. Also won (The F. Herbert Crispo Memorial Trophy) (first time presented) for best free skating performance.
 
March 1962
1st place Gold Medal in the World Championships, Prague, Czechoslovakia. The first Canadian in this century to win the Menís World Championship. Received 7 perfect marks for free skating - never equaled before or since. CLICK HERE to see Don perform the first triple lutz ever completed in World competition.
              
                Triple Lutz - 40th anniversary
62 Worlds champions
The 1962 World Champions
Maria and Otto Jelinek, Eva and Pavel Roman,
Sjoukje Dijkstra, Don
 
December 1962
Declared The International Athlete of the Year (The Sportsview International Award) by the BBC-TV, England
 
1962
 

June 1965


King of Blades [A short documentary by the National Film Board of Canada]

Don Jackson, Canadian world figure-skating champion, is shown making skating history at Prague's World Championships, and appearing as the star of Shipstad and Johnsons' Ice Follies. [Ice Follies photos]

December 1965
1st place in the Menís World Professional Invitational Championship, Lake Placid, NY. This championship, founded by Dick Button, Olympic Champion, was the first "professional" event made available to post-amateurs and proved to be the inspiration for many more professional championships that both provide a vocation for post-amateur figure skaters and thrills and excitement for the growing audience of spectators.

 
November 1966
Don Jackson and his brother Bill develop the original Jackson figure skate and, in partnership with the Bauer Skate company, markets this new product through the Don Jackson Figure Skating Products partnership.
 

The 1970's

April 1970
  • 1st place in the World Menís Professional Championship (The Jackson Haines Trophy) at the Wembley, England. As a Canadian, Don was allowed to compete for both awards in this combined competition. He was 1st by all judges and received the only perfect marks (3).
  • 1st place in the British Menís Professional Championship (The Embassy Trophy).

The Embassy trophy
The Embassy Trophy
1977
Don inducted into the World Figure Skating Hall of Fame

The World Figure Skating Hall of Fame honors those from around the world who have made individual contributions to the sport of figure skating throughout the past century. Here the giants of the sport will be found, including Ulrich Salchow, Sonja Henie, Dick Button, Barbara Ann Scott, Irinia Rodnina, Tenley Albright, Peggy Fleming, Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean, Scott Hamilton, John Curry and others.
 
August 1977
DONALD JACKSON
King of Blades
by George Gross

A biography of Don from his birth until his late 30s
Interesting stories of his hard work, fun and early struggles to keep skating
62 Worlds champions
DONALD JACKSON
King of Blades

The 1990's

April 30, 1992
Classic Moments in Canadian Sports - Parliament Hill, Ottawa
A 30th Anniversary Tribute to the 1962 Double Gold World Figure Skating Championships
Otto & Maria Jelinek and Don Jackson

October 23, 1997
The Order of Canada

On October 23, 1997, Don Jackson Canada's Ambassador on Ice was appointed a member of The Order of Canada which recognizes
people who have made a difference to Canada. From local citizens to national and international personalities.
It's Canada's highest honour for lifetime achievement.

Order of Canada medal

1998 - 2000
Oldtimers' Hockey Challenge
Don has performed between periods in most of the Oldtimers' Hockey Challenges throughout Canada and the USA.
The Challenge is a "Dream Team" of some of hockeys' greatest superstar legends. The "Dream Team" challenges the local police and fire department teams in the cities visited; proceeds of the game are donated to the Special Olympics fund.
In December 1999, Don performed with these hockey legends at the Super Series 1999 NHL & Russian Legends Rematch of Canada-Russia 1972 and 1974 Series


 

The 2000's

March 19, 2002
Ontario Sport Legends Hall of Fame
Don Jackson was inducted into the Ontario Sport Legends Hall of fame for the glory he brought to Ontario and Canada by winning the world men's figure skating championship in 1962 with 7 perfect marks.

November 2 -4, 2002
Don Jackson Special Profile
TSN The Sports Network
Follow Donald Jackson's journey to the top of the figure skating world.

TSN Profile logo

2000 - 2004
Oldtimers' Hockey Challenge
Don continues his performing with the hockey legends and
Eddie Shack's Battle of the Badges

2005
Mayor's Cup - Ottawa, Canada

 

 


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'Story Book' struggle to success
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