Hometown: Rock Island, Tenn.
Current Residence: Wherever my van is parked
- 2x World Freestyle Champion
- Placed Top 3 in Every freestyle event since 2006
- Won African Olympic Trials in 2008
- #1 US Slalom Paddler 2009
- US Freestyle Team since 2003- 9 Years Straight
- 7x Teva Mountain Game Winner
- 2012 U.S. Olympic Slalom Team Trials in Charlotte: 3rd
- 2012 Slalom World Cup No. 1 in Cardiff, Wales: 43rd
- 47th at 2012 Slalom World Cup No. 3
- 50th at 2012 Slalom World Cup No. 2
- 43rd at 2012 Slalom World Cup No. 1
Hobbies: running, road biking, reading, eating, walking my dogs, playing Connect 4 with my husband
Favorite Quotes: “Be the change you see in the World” - Ghandi; “Do something everyday that scares you” - Eleanor Roosevelt.
Trivia: I’m a wicked cook!
Honors/Awards: Named to Crocs Inspiring Soles Squad in 2008 for donating some $30,000 of her own prize money over the past three years to Soft Power Health. Soft Power Health, founded and run by Jackson family friend and fellow Inspiring Soles athlete Jessie Stone, focuses on prevention and treatment of malaria at the headwaters of the Nile.
How’d you get started paddling? My Father was a 1992 Olympian, grew up in an RV paddling around the US and Canada, and started the #1 Whitewater Kayaking manufacturing business in the World. In 2002 I got completely hooked and been on the US Team since.
Who’s your hero? My family; my mother for teaching me make the best out of every experience, my father for teaching me to enjoy every moment, my brother for teaching me to not get caught up in the mental games, my husband for bringing out the best in me, my grandmother for showing its never too late to change and the rest for supporting me every step of the way.
2016 and Beyond: Jackson represents continent and sport on Olympic stage
Nicholas Olivier Feb. 07, 2013
For six minutes a day over five days at the London 2012 Olympic Games, it appeared that freestyle kayaking was an Olympic sport. Dane Jackson (Rock Island, Tenn.) and athletes from around the world were doing tricks in front of 8,000 spectators at the Lee Valley White Water Centre in Waltham Cross, UK.
Sept. 10 Weekend Recap
Sept. 10, 2012
2012 Olympians return to the whitewater.
Team USA wins medals from Tennessee to Italy
Nicholas Olivier Sept. 04, 2012
For the second straight week, Team USA competed in 3 different events across the globe.
WEEKEND RECAP: Sprint Nationals, Slalom World Cup, Freestyle World Cup
Aug. 28, 2012
Gig Harbor, Wash. is within an hour’s drive from Green Lake, the site of the 2012 U.S. Sprint National Championships. But the Gig Harbor Canoe/Kayak Racing Team felt right at home as they won their first National Championship Team Title. The host club, Seattle Canoe & Kayak Club, finished fourth in the team points rankings.
Busy week for USA Canoe Kayak
Nicholas Olivier Aug. 22, 2012
The action didn’t stop when the flame went out at the Closing Ceremony in London. U.S athletes will be competing at three different canoe/kayak events this week.
Spain Hosts the Final Stop on the Slalom World Cup Circuit
June 22, 2012
Jim Wade (Boise, Idaho) finished 22nd in the Men’s Kayak semifinal Saturday with a time of 97.43, +5.91 seconds behind the first place finisher in the round. Etienne Daille of France would go on to win in the final round.
2012 Slalom World Cup 2
June 14, 2012
Ashley Nee (Darnestown, Md.) closed out the Slalom World Cup No. 2 with a 28th place finish Sunday in the Women’s Kayak semifinal. Nee finished in 218.13, including penalties for two missed gates. Nee and the rest of Team USA will look to finish the World Cup circuit strong next weekend in La Seu d'Urgell, Spain.
Five 2012 U.S. Olympians Named in Wales
June 07, 2012
Add two more athletes and one final boat to the nominees for 2012 U.S. Olympic Canoe/Kayak Team. Eric Hurd (Woodstock, Ga.) and Jeff Larimer (Marietta, Ga.) reached the Men’s Double Canoe (C-2) Final Sunday, where they finished 9th.