Joe Jacobi grew up paddling on the Potomac River. It led to a storied career in whitewater paddling, topped by a C-2 slalom gold medal at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, alongside Scott Strausbaugh. Jacobi returned to the Olympics in 2004. He and Strausbaugh were US Champions in C-2 for five consecutive years (1988-92). He was second in the overall standings in C-1 in the International Whitewater Series in 1991 and 1995. Jacobi was named “Paddler of the Century” by Paddler Magazine in 2000. Jacobi later went into sports administration. In 2010 he became Chief Executive Officer of USA Canoe/Kayak.