JJ Isler

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameJennifer J. Fetter "JJ"•Isler
Used nameJJ•Isler
Born1 December 1963 in La Jolla, California (USA)
Measurements174 cm / 61 kg
AffiliationsCalifornia, San Diego & Waikiki Yacht Clubs
NOC United States
Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 1
Bronze 1
Total 2


JJ Isler won two Olympics medals in the 470 Class with a bronze in 1992 alongside Pamela Healy and a silver in 2000, paired with Pease Glaser. A sailing legend, she was 470 World Champion in 1991, along with Healy, and won the 1986 Women’s International J/24 Keelboat Championship. She was named Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year four times.

Isler attended Yale where she became the first female to be named captain of the sailing team. She was only the third woman to make All-American in collegiate sailing. Isler later served as a starting helmsman and tactician for the Mighty Mary USA-34 team that took part in the America’s Cup defense trials, but her boat failed to win the trials. Isler was the first woman elected to the Sailing World Hall of Fame.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1992 Summer Olympics Sailing USA JJ Isler
Two Person Dinghy, Women (Olympic) Pamela Healy 3 Bronze
2000 Summer Olympics Sailing USA JJ Isler
Two Person Dinghy, Women (Olympic) Pease Glaser 2 Silver

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