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Jennie Goldberg



Event/Discipline: Wildwater, K-1W
Birthplace: California 
Current Residence: Seattle, Washington 
Occupation: Strategic Advisor, Environmental Affairs, Seattle City Light 
Current school/Alma matter: BS wildlife Biology, Colorado State University 1976. Masters of Public Administration, University of Washington, 1982 
Family: Husband, Peter Stekel, writer ( 

Wildwater Information: 
How I started paddling wildwater: 
I started recreational kayak paddling in 1980 after I broke my leg in a climbing accident. Began whitewater racing in 1989 participating primarily in slalom (Olympic team trials in 1992 and 1996, World Masters Champion in 1998, Masters National Champion 2005) until I became hopelessly addicted to racing Wildwater about the year 2000.

National Results (Team Trials and Nationals):

  • K1W National Champion in 2000 and 2006.
  • Earned a spot on the national team in 2000, 2001, 2003, 2007, and 2010.

International Results:

  • 6th place 2007 World Cup Final Sprint, Ivrea, Italy
  • 6th place 2009 World Cup Classic, Ouze River, Tasmania, Australia
  • 2010 World Champion, K1W Masters, class C, Sort, Spain

Other Paddling/Sports/Hobbies:
  • Swimming and Bicycling, River running, especially wilderness overnight runs.
  • Board member of American Whitewater since 2000 (
  • Founder and Director of the League of Northwest Whitewater Racers since 1989 ( The League promotes slalom and downriver racing in the Pacific Northwest and organizes the Northwest Cup Series every year. I have organized many races and events, including river festivals.
  • Playing the flute and piccolo in the Seattle Flute Choir and the J2M2 flute quartet
  • Baking cookies, cakes and pies!

Personal Information:

  • Marital Status: Married to Peter Stekel since 1991.
  • Height: 5’ 4”
  • Weight: 110 lbs
  • Music: Classical, especially Baroque
  • Food Favorites: fresh fruit, beets, and lamb.


  • Boat (Make/model): Zastera Savage 2000
  • Paddle: custom Werner paddle with sea kayak blades
  • Helmet: Wildwater (worn with my lucky Kokatat purple hat)
  • Spraydeck: Snap Dragon Designs
  • Life Jacket: Sandiline
  • Paddling Clothes: try to match my boat whenever possible
  • Shoe: custom
  • Car: 1995 Dodge Caravan named “Morris” with custom wood racks made in 1982.
  • Favorite energy bar/food: banana

For more information please visit USA Wildwater, the official website for wildwater, at