Sunday, April 20, 2008

Eric Jackson is in the Chattanooga Olympic Zone

My 1992 Olympic teammate and good friend, Eric Jackson, is the subject of our next profile in the Chattanooga Olympic Zone airing this Tuesday evening, April 22nd, on WRCB’s “Channel 3 Eyewitness News at Six.” If you miss the broadcast profile, tune in back here at the Chattanooga Olympic Zone blog - we'll post the video link after the broadcast.

Based in Sparta, Tennessee, Eric owns Jackson Kayaks, the world’s largest manufacturer of whitewater kayaks. This whitewater visionary has helped to change the way people, especially kids, access the sport of whitewater kayaking close to home and around the world.

This coming weekend, Eric, along with his daughter, Emily, will compete at the U.S. Olympic Whitewater Trials in Charlotte, NC. At 44 years-old, Eric may be a long-shot to make it to Beijing this time around, but his participation in the event will be as impacting as any other and without doubt will be among the crowd favorites throughout the weekend.

I recently posted a blog entry about Eric and Emily Jackson and what their participation means to both the kayaking and Olympic communities. You can read the post here:

Stay tuned to my “Gold Medal Living” blog throughout the week as I’ll be posting stories from the Olympic Trials Charlotte about Eric and other athletes preparing to take a step closer to competing in Beijing.