Joe Jacobi - USA Canoe/Kayak CEO, Olympic Gold Medalist, OKC Resident - Joe Jacobi knew from a young age that canoeing would be his life. Growing up near the Potomac River, he had the opportunity to train with world champion paddlers. Though he attributes being brought up in D.C.'s "culture of excellence" to luck, it was skill that afforded him the chance to compete in the 1992 Barcelona Olympics-where he brought home America's first gold medal in whitewater slalom.