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Art Jackson

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 0
Bronze 1
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameArthur Charles "Art"•Jackson
Used nameArt•Jackson
Born15 May 1918 in Brooklyn, New York, New York (USA)
Died6 January 2015 in Concord, New Hampshire (USA)
Measurements185 cm / 84 kg
AffiliationsU.S. Aggies Rifle and Pistol Club
NOC United States

Biography

Art Jackson worked for the Sperry Gyroscope Company after high school but enrolled in the US Army Air Corps in 1943. He served in Japan after the occupation and remained in the Air Force Reserves until 1971. He later studied photography and worked in the photography department at the Pratt Institute in New York. In 1951 Jackson was recruited by the newly formed Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), and spent the remainder of his career in the CIA Office of Technical Service. His foreign postings with the CIA took him to Germany, Taiwan, Japan (Okinawa), Panama, and nearly every country in Western Europe. Jackson retired from the CIA in 1974.

At the 1949 World Championships in Buenos Aires and the 1952 Worlds in Oslo, Jackson won the English match with a world record both times. He was thus one of the favorites in 1952, but one miss out of 400 cost him the gold medal and he finished third. Jackson had an excellent record at the 1951 and 1955 Pan American Games, winning seven gold medals (four individual), one silver, and one bronze. Jackson continued to shoot successfully at the regional, national, and international levels well into his 70s, and in 1999, he was inducted into the US International Shooting Hall of Fame.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1948 Summer Olympics Shooting USA Art Jackson
Free Rifle, Three Positions, 300 metres, Men (Olympic) 16
1952 Summer Olympics Shooting USA Art Jackson
Small-Bore Rifle, Three Positions, 50 metres, Men (Olympic) 12
Small-Bore Rifle, Prone, 50 metres, Men (Olympic) 3 Bronze
1956 Summer Olympics Shooting USA Art Jackson
Small-Bore Rifle, Three Positions, 50 metres, Men (Olympic) 12
Small-Bore Rifle, Prone, 50 metres, Men (Olympic) 31

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