|Born||14 October 1965|
|Height||1.92 m (6 ft 4 in)|
|Weight||94 kg (207 lb)|
|Event(s)||M1x, M2x, M4x|
Jüri Jaanson (born 14 October 1965) is the most successful Estonian rower of all time and the winner of five medals at World Rowing Championships. He became World Champion in Tasmania 1990 in the single sculls event. 14 years later, at age 38 he won an Olympic silver medal in the single sculls event at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens.In Beijing 2008 he won his second Olympic silver medal, this time in the double sculls event with Tõnu Endrekson. He is a member of the SK Pärnu rowing club located in Pärnu. In 2007, Jaanson became the oldest rower ever to win a World Cup event at the age of 41 in Amsterdam.
Jaanson was born in Tartu, and had to overcome a particularly challenging childhood, brought on by a severe case of pneumonia at the age of 2. Doctors gave antibiotics which saved him, but which also left him almost completely deaf. He attended a school for the deaf until he obtained a primitive hearing aid at the age of 12, allowing him to attend a regular school. Still, being a loner, he struggled with fitting in. At Tartu University, when a coach introduced him to rowing, he took to it passionately, in fact so passionately that he left the University to focus on rowing.He wears hearing aids on a regular basis and was also seen wearing them during his rowing competitions.
Jaanson is among four athletes to compete in rowing at six Olympics, with Romanian Elisabeta Lipă in 2004, Canadian Lesley Thompson (cox) in 2008, and Australian James Tomkins.
On 18 November 2010, Jaanson announced ending his career. In July 2011 he was awarded with the Thomas Keller Medal, the highest honor in rowing.
He is also a member of the Estonian parliament, the Riigikogu for the Reform Party.
|Jüri Jaanson Rowing World Cup appearances|
|1.||5–7 April 1990||Mission Bay, San Diego||United States||FA 3rd||Single scull||Jüri Jaanson|
|2.||11–13 May 1990||Mannheim||West Germany||FA 1st||Single scull||Jüri Jaanson|
|3.||1–3 June 1990||Rostadion||Norway||FA 1st||Single scull||Jüri Jaanson|
|4.||29 June-1 July 1990||Bosbaan, Amsterdam||Netherlands||FA 3rd||Single scull||Jüri Jaanson|
|5.||13–15 July 1990||Rotsee, Lucerne||Switzerland||FA 1st||Single scull||Jüri Jaanson|
|6.||5–7 April 1991||Mission Bay, San Diego||USA||FA 5th||Single scull||Jüri Jaanson|
|7.||8–10 April 1991||Piediluco||Italy||FA 6th||Single scull||Jüri Jaanson|
|8.||24–26 May 1991||Wedau, Duisburg||Germany||FA 6th||Single scull||Jüri Jaanson|
|9.||31 May-2 June 1991||Hjelmsjoe, Örkelljunga||Sweden||FB 7th||Single scull||Jüri Jaanson|
|10.||3–5 April 1992||Mission Bay, San Diego||USA||FB 7th||Single scull||Jüri Jaanson|
|11.||1–3 May 1992||Fühlinger See, Cologne||Germany||FB 7th||Single scull||Jüri Jaanson|
|12.||29–31 May 1992||Bagsværd, Copenhagen||Denmark||FA 2nd||Single scull||Jüri Jaanson|
|13.||12–14 June 1992||Rotsee, Lucerne||Switzerland||FA 5th||Single scull||Jüri Jaanson|
|14.||15–17 July 1994||Rotsee, Lucerne||Switzerland||FB 7th||Single scull||Jüri Jaanson|
|15.||2–4 June 1995||Hazewinkel||Belgium||FA 1st||Single scull||Jüri Jaanson|
|16.||16–18 June 1995||Paris||France||FA 1st||Single scull||Jüri Jaanson|
|17.||30 June-2 July 1995||Henley-on-Thames||Great Britain||FA 1st||Single scull||Jüri Jaanson|
|18.||7–9 July 1995||Rotsee, Lucerne||Switzerland||FA 1st||Single scull||Jüri Jaanson|
|19.||29–31 May 1998||Oberschleissheim, Munich||Germany||FB 7th||Single scull||Jüri Jaanson|
|20.||9–11 July 1999||Rotsee, Lucerne||Switzerland||FB 12th||Single scull||Jüri Jaanson|
|21.||1–3 June 2000||Oberschleissheim, Munich||Germany||FA 3rd||Single scull||Jüri Jaanson|
|22.||23–25 June 2000||Vienna, Austria||Austria||FB 8th||Double scull||(b) Tõnu Endrekson, (s) Jüri Jaanson|
|23.||14–16 July 2000||Rotsee, Lucerne||Switzerland||SA/B 2||Single scull||Jüri Jaanson|
|24.||13–15 July 2001||Oberschleissheim, Munich||Germany||FA 5th||Single scull||Jüri Jaanson|
|25.||1–3 August 2002||Rotsee, Lucerne||Switzerland||FB 9th||Single scull||Jüri Jaanson|
|26.||29–31 May 2003||Idroscalo, Milan||Italy||R4||Single scull||Jüri Jaanson|
|27.||19–21 June 2003||Oberschleissheim, Munich||Germany||FC 13th||Single scull||Jüri Jaanson|
|28.||7–9 May 2004||Lake Malta, Poznań||Poland||FA 1st||Single scull||Jüri Jaanson|
|29.||18–20 June 2004||Rotsee, Lucerne||Switzerland||R1||Single scull||Jüri Jaanson|
|30.||26–28 May 2005||Dorney Lake, Dorney||Great Britain||FA 1st||Quad scull||(b) Jüri Jaanson, Leonid Gulov, Tõnu Endrekson, (s) Andrei Jämsä|
|31.||8–10 July 2005||Rotsee, Lucerne||Switzerland||FA 1st||Quad scull||(b) Jüri Jaanson, Leonid Gulov, Tõnu Endrekson, (s) Andrei Jämsä|
|32.||1–3 June 2007||Danube, Linz/Ottensheim||Austria||FA 5th||Double scull||(b) Tõnu Endrekson, (s) Jüri Jaanson|
|33.||22–24 June 2007||Bosbaan, Amsterdam||Netherlands||FA 1st||Double scull||(b) Tõnu Endrekson, (s) Jüri Jaanson|
|34.||13–15 July 2007||Rotsee, Lucerne||Switzerland||FA 1st||Double scull||(b) Tõnu Endrekson, (s) Jüri Jaanson|
|35.||20–22 June 2008||Lake Malta, Poznań||Poland||FA 3rd||Double scull||(b) Tõnu Endrekson, (s) Jüri Jaanson|
|36.||18–20 June 2009||Oberschleissheim, Munich||Germany||FC 12th||Single scull||Jüri Jaanson|
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| Thomas Keller Medal |
| Flagbearer for Estonia |