Olympic Gold Medalist
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Hi, I’m Joe Jacobi
I figured out by age 10 that the sport of kayaking was my path forward. A challenging activity I enjoyed with my friends that transported me to off-the-grid destinations that counter-balanced my suburban Washington, D.C. upbringing.
By 16, I was competing internationally.
By 18, I stood on a World Cup podium.
At 22, with my canoe partner, Scott Strausbaugh, I won America’s first ever Olympic Gold Medal in Whitewater Canoe Slalom.
My trajectory within the sport carried me to more Olympic Games – first, as an athlete, and next, as NBC televisions’s color commentator for competitive canoeing.
Then I landed my dream job – CEO of USA Canoe/Kayak, the sport’s Olympic and Paralympic governing body that supports America’s best competitive paddlers.
In the process of supporting athletes, coaches, sponsors, committees, events, and volunteers, I forgot how to support myself.
My health unraveled.
I gained weight, clung to stress, formed poor habits, and disconnected with the very elements that I believed were my “super powers” going into the job.
After frustrating bouts with goal-setting and “thinking big,” I went the opposite direction. I started with Small Steps Forward Every Day, focusing on small incremental self-investments that I repeated daily.
Slowly, I experienced positive change that continues to progress in ways I could not have imagined.
This became the foundation of 5 With Joe, my performance coaching and executive training company that utilizes the essence of my Olympic Gold Medal skills and mindsets to transform the performance of leaders in business and in life.