Dave Besteman

Biographical information

TypeCompeted in Olympic Games, Competed in Olympic Games (non-medal events)
Full nameDavid Robert "Dave"•Besteman
Used nameDave•Besteman
Born2 February 1963 in Madison, Wisconsin (USA)
Measurements173 cm / 70 kg
AffiliationsMadison Speed Skating Club, Madison (USA)
NOC United States


Dave Besteman was a pure sprinter. He started out in short-track and competed at the 1988 Winter Olympics in the short-track speed skating demonstration competition. Besteman skated at three World Sprint Championships, in 1990-91 and 1993. On the World Cup circuit from 1988-92, he had one podium finish, a third in a 1,000 in Asama, Japan in December 1990. Besteman later became a coach with the West Allis Speedskating Club. In 2003 he was named given the Coach of the Year Award by US Speedskating.

Personal Bests: 500 – 36.5 (1991); 1000 – 1:14.12 (1991); 1500 – 1:55.90 (1990); 5000 – 7:19.68 (1989).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1988 Winter Olympics Short Track Speed Skating (Skating) USA Dave Besteman
500 metres, Men (Olympic (non-medal)) 26
1,000 metres, Men (Olympic (non-medal)) 31
1,500 metres, Men (Olympic (non-medal)) 25
5,000 metres Relay, Men (Olympic (non-medal)) United States 4
3,000 m, Men (Olympic (non-medal)) 30
1992 Winter Olympics Speed Skating (Skating) USA Dave Besteman
1,000 metres, Men (Olympic) 20
1994 Winter Olympics Speed Skating (Skating) USA Dave Besteman
500 metres, Men (Olympic) 27
1,000 metres, Men (Olympic) =30

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