We are incredibly excited to welcome Jacob Pebley to the Portland Gear sports team. This is our first official athletic endorsement, and we’re thrilled to have Jacob be that guy. At Portland Gear we’re about creating regional pride through product that embodies and represents a community and culture. With Jacob being a Pacific Northwest native, the alignment between the two was a natural fit. His success will be greatly enjoyed by all of those in the area as we’re excited to root on a hometown kid and see him along his path to his next Olympics.
After a successful collegiate career at the University of California, Jacob qualified for the 2016 Olympic Team and finished 5th in the 200 backstroke in Rio. A Corvallis native, has a strong community following in his home state and has led swim clinics in the communities of Eugene and Corvallis.
Before his 5th place finish in the 200-meter backstroke in Rio, Jacob won his first national title in the 200-meter back at the 2015 Phillips 66 National Championships. He followed that performance with gold in the 200-meter back and silver in the 400-medley relay at the 2015 World University Games. Jacob currently lives in Berkeley with his fiancé Nikki and trains with the Cal Bear Pro Team.
“Partnering with Portland Gear is a dream come true,” said Jacob. “They are an up and coming company that is just beginning to take off. I feel they have a similar trajectory as me, and after meeting Marcus in person, I knew we shared a similar drive and motivation to succeed. Their products embody the Oregon lifestyle I have carried with me down in the Bay Area where I train. I feel that together we can do some amazing things for the Oregon community as we approach the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.”
Jacob’s time of 1:55.56 in the 200-meter back is currently one of the top times in the world for 2017. This June, Jacob will compete for a spot on the US World Championship Team in Budapest, Hungary.
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