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About John "Jacko" James Jackson
John ‘Jacko’ Jackson represented Team GB in the four-man and two-man bobsleigh at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games. The Vancouver Games were Jackson's first Olympic Winter Games.
Jackson along with Henry Nwume, Dan Money and Allyn Condon placed 17th in the four-man bobsleigh, whilst Jackson and Money were disqualied in the two-man bobsleigh following a crash.
A Sergeant in the Royal Marines Commandos since 1996, Jackson is a Physical Training Instructor specialising in injury rehabilitation. Since 2005 Jackson has juggled training and competing around Royal Marine life. Following the 2013 World Championships, in St. Moritz, where the GBR1 crew placed 5th missing out of a medal by 0.07 seconds, Jackson was awarded Elite athlete status by the Royal Navy, this has allowed him to focus on the Sochi campaign full time.
In July 2013 Jackson ruptured his achillles during a routine training session at their base in Bath. He was referred to Profession Gordon Mackay at Rosshall Hospital in Glasgow for a ground procedure that would see him racing four months after surgery. Following surgery Jackson spent a significant amount of time at the Team GB Intensive Rehab Unit at Bisham Abbey. At the Unit he worked with the world-class medical team who fast tracked him back to full fitness in preparation for the Olympic season.
Jackson was back competing at the end of November only four and half months after the operation.
Jackson and his crew saw their hard work pay off when they won silver at the third four-man world cup in Lake Placid, GB’s first world cup medal in 16 years.
Jackson grew up in Barnard Castle, County Durham, has three lovely girls and lives with his girlfriend and GBR1 women’s two-man pilot Paula Walker in Trowbridge in Wiltshire.
His sporting motto is “some want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen”.