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Eric Jespersen

Full name: Eric Albert Jespersen
Gender: Male
Height: 6-1.5 (187 cm)
Weight: 249 lbs (113 kg)
Born: October 18, 1961 in Port Alberni, British Columbia, Canada
Affiliations: Royal Vancouver Yacht Club, Vancouver (CAN)
Country: CAN Canada
Sport: Sailing

Medals: 1 Bronze (1 Total)

Biography

The son of a Danish-born Canadian boat builder, Eric Jespersen competed in his first major international tournament, Canada’s Swiftsure International Yacht Race, at the age of 12. Among the many races in which he sailed were two successive editions of the Louis Vuitton Cup, the competition that decides the challenger for the America’s Cup, in 1983 and 1987. In the former, Jespersen’s yacht, the Canada I, reached the semifinals, where they were eliminated by the Victory ’83 of Great Britain. In 1991 he partnered with Ross MacDonald and entered the Star Class event at the 1992 Summer Olympics, where they captured the bronze medal in the final race. Perhaps their greatest success, however, came at the 1994 Star World Championships, where they won the gold medal by one point over the Brazilian crew of Alan Adler and Rodrigo Meirleles. They dropped to ninth at the 1995 edition, but rose to sixth in 1996, the same year that they placed fourteenth at the Summer Olympics after being disqualified in the first two races of the tournament. The duo split after the Games, but both continued to compete internationally. Outside of competitive yachting, Jespersen runs his father’s boat building business in North Saanich, British Columbia. He was inducted into the British Columbia (1998) and the Greater Victoria (2003) Sports Halls of Fame.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1992 Summer 30 Barcelona Sailing Mixed Two Person Keelboat Canada CAN 3 Bronze
1996 Summer 34 Atlanta Sailing Mixed Two Person Keelboat Canada CAN 14

Mixed Two Person Keelboat

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Partner Phase Unit Date NP TP PTS
1992 Summer 30 Barcelona Sailing Canada CAN Ross MacDonald Final Standings 1992-07-27 62.7 95.7
1992 Summer 30 Barcelona Sailing Canada CAN Ross MacDonald Race One 1992-07-27 5.7
1992 Summer 30 Barcelona Sailing Canada CAN Ross MacDonald Race Two 1992-07-28 18.0
1992 Summer 30 Barcelona Sailing Canada CAN Ross MacDonald Race Three 1992-07-29 33.0
1992 Summer 30 Barcelona Sailing Canada CAN Ross MacDonald Race Four 1992-07-30 3.0
1992 Summer 30 Barcelona Sailing Canada CAN Ross MacDonald Race Five 1992-08-01 25.0
1992 Summer 30 Barcelona Sailing Canada CAN Ross MacDonald Race Six 1992-08-02 8.0
1992 Summer 30 Barcelona Sailing Canada CAN Ross MacDonald Race Seven 1992-08-03 3.0
1996 Summer 34 Atlanta Sailing Canada CAN Ross MacDonald Final Standings 1996-07-22 82.0 134.0
1996 Summer 34 Atlanta Sailing Canada CAN Ross MacDonald Race One 1996-07-22 26.0
1996 Summer 34 Atlanta Sailing Canada CAN Ross MacDonald Race Two 1996-07-23 26.0
1996 Summer 34 Atlanta Sailing Canada CAN Ross MacDonald Race Three 1996-07-23 3.0
1996 Summer 34 Atlanta Sailing Canada CAN Ross MacDonald Race Four 1996-07-24 18.0
1996 Summer 34 Atlanta Sailing Canada CAN Ross MacDonald Race Five 1996-07-25 7.0
1996 Summer 34 Atlanta Sailing Canada CAN Ross MacDonald Race Six 1996-07-26 8.0
1996 Summer 34 Atlanta Sailing Canada CAN Ross MacDonald Race Seven 1996-07-26 11.0
1996 Summer 34 Atlanta Sailing Canada CAN Ross MacDonald Race Eight 1996-07-27 5.0
1996 Summer 34 Atlanta Sailing Canada CAN Ross MacDonald Race Nine 1996-07-28 23.0
1996 Summer 34 Atlanta Sailing Canada CAN Ross MacDonald Race Ten 1996-07-29 7.0
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