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Any questions for 1962 World Champ Don Jackson? Upcoming interview with Manleywoman

Discussion in 'Great Skate Debate' started by manleywoman, Sep 12, 2013.

  1. manleywoman

    manleywoman podcast mistress

    Hi all. I got a lovely call from Don Jackson today who said he'd love to do an interview with me this Sunday. He listened to my Carol Heiss interview to check me out first and liked it. :lol: Thanks to PJ Kwong for hooking us up.

    So I'm opening the floor for questions! If you have any for the man who landed the first triple lutz, let me know!

    His 1962 Worlds Free Program with the first ever triple lutz

  2. Vagabond

    Vagabond Well-Known Member

    I'd like to know how he and his coach decided to train the triple lutz and to include it in the program. I recall reading that he had actually landed it in practice just a few times before he did it in competition. If that's correct, putting it in the program must have taken a lot of guts.

    I'd also like to hear him talk about the other jumps in his program, particularly the forward-takeoff, counterclockwise jump at about 2:16 in the video. (He was normally a clockwise jumper.) Where did that come from?
  3. overedge

    overedge Janny uber

    He came to the adult competition in Germany a few years ago and IIRC was honourary team leader for the Canadians, as well as being supportive to everyone who was there. And since he was landing double and triple jumps very recently, he is a great role model for all older skaters. So I'd like to hear his thoughts on the development of adult skating programs (I mean learn-to-skate programs, and test systems) and competitions, and where he thinks adult skating could go in the future.
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  4. skateboy

    skateboy Well-Known Member

    He's so great! I'd like to hear his opinions on the IJS scoring system.
  5. Spun Silver

    Spun Silver Well-Known Member

    :eek: :respec:

    No questions, but I will certainly be on the lookout for this one!
  6. alj5

    alj5 Well-Known Member

    1. How did he get interested in figure skating?
    2. What was the most enjoyable/interesting location he skated?
    3. What were the specific things he learned in figure skating and how they affected his non-skating life?
    4. What current skater is he most excited about?
    5. What is his favorite performance of another skater (any era)?
  7. leafygreens

    leafygreens Well-Known Member

    Can you ask him how he learned his delayed axel? I believe he was on the Gus Lussi tapes?
  8. Lacey

    Lacey Well-Known Member

    That might seriously have been one of the best competitive performances I have ever seen. He did transitions before they were invented! Gorgeously full program, not a second of emptiness. We should count the elements, unbelievable. Am I crazy or did he jump both ways? Oh ya, Vagabond mentioned it above. WOW. Also the spin into jump. So creative. Why isn't the 3lutz called the Jackson Lutz?
  9. gkelly

    gkelly Well-Known Member

    Well, maybe they were just called "skating" and not "transitions" -- but before triple jumps or even double jumps were common, the programs weren't all about setting up jumps, so all those other skills took equal importance.

    Only after jump count became so important that skaters took out more and more of the other stuff in order to focus on jumps did it become important to write in rules to reward putting other stuff back in.
  10. sadya

    sadya Active Member

    I'm looking forward to this interview. I still have a few more of your podcasts to listen to. Thank you for the great interviews.
  11. Skittl1321

    Skittl1321 Well-Known Member

    No, he did.

    Well, none of the rotational jumps are called after the people who did them first.

    So, was his music Carmen, or was that added to the track. Can we blame him for the overuse, or did he continue an already set trend? :)

    Amazing program.
  12. Spun Silver

    Spun Silver Well-Known Member

    There are champions and then there are Champions. Mr. Jackson is the latter!!!
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  13. kwanfan1818

    kwanfan1818 I <3 Kozuka

    Can I give him a hug? (Oh, you mean real questions.)
  14. GarrAarghHrumph

    GarrAarghHrumph I can kill you with my brain

    I'd like to know how he feels the loss of school figures has impacted how elite skaters skate.
  15. gkelly

    gkelly Well-Known Member

    I'm also curious whether Jackson noted any trend in the quality of the school figures from the time he was competing to the time they were removed.
  16. skatesindreams

    skatesindreams Well-Known Member

    Just thank him, on our behalf, for all he's done for the sport.
    I envy you!
  17. leapfrogonice

    leapfrogonice Active Member

    1. I think it would be interesting to understand how he developed the technique that he used in his jumps. IF you look closely at the historic lutz in particular, his legs are neatly pressed together SIDE BY SIDE. Not crossed at the ankles as 99.9% of skaters do today. Incredible amount of core/groin/torque going on when one is rotating that quickly/that many times. How did this approach come about for him?

    2. He was in a unique vantage point of being amongst North America's elite skaters during the horrific trajedy of the US plane crash. Would love to have him share some thoughts on the skaters and coaches who perished. And by this I mean, something beyond "saying the nice things that we all would expect to hear when remembering someone fondly in a eulogy" I bet he has some stories about these wonderful, beautiful and talented young athletes that would absolutely bring them to life. I personally don't need scandal. But it would be lovely to hear something with 'color' about them.

    4. In the same way, what were his thoughts "the moment he heard about the crash" ... "the moment worlds were cancelled - obviously disappointing, but how did he himself handle it"

    5. He also must have know many of the greats when they were younger. Some of whom have passed (Carlo Fassi) and some of whom we hardly knew of when they were younger (Dick Button?). I love the "oral history" stuff, so would be great to archive the stories behind some of these legends, in my opinion.
  18. Simone411

    Simone411 FSU Uber fan

    I'd like to know how he stays in shape after watching that video. Maybe give us some tips about exercises and his diet. :)
  19. fan

    fan Well-Known Member

    not a question, but an anecdote about the amazing mr Jackson. last year he was on the ice coaching an adult skater. He showed us that he still has such incredible blade mastery, that he wrote his name in cursive on the ice!
  20. Lacey

    Lacey Well-Known Member

    In relation to the US team plane crash, I believe that a competition called North Americans had been held in Philadelphia just prior to the crash. I wonder if he had been there. There were practices in Ardmore, was he there? I don't believe that he had been World Champion prior to that.

    Would love to know if he feels lucky to have had such a long career compared to the current skaters, where there is barely a pro life. Did he teach?
  21. manleywoman

    manleywoman podcast mistress

    LOL. My personal beef with Carmen is that all Carmens were OK up until 1988. But once you've had a well-publicized "Battle of the Carmens" I think it's time to let the poor lady die. :lol: Plus frankly, with few exceptions, I don't see a lot of originality in Carmen programs anymore. Or the costuming of Carmen for that matter.
  22. manleywoman

    manleywoman podcast mistress

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  23. sadya

    sadya Active Member

    Thank you for that documentary, ManleyWoman.

    Thanks for sharing that. I'd love to see a picture of it.
  24. fan

    fan Well-Known Member

    oh, that would have been a great idea. unfortunately, no pictures were taken.