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Greg Barton

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 2
Silver 0
Bronze 2
Total 4
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameGregory Mark "Greg"•Barton
Used nameGreg•Barton
Nick/petnamesBuck
Born2 December 1959 in Jackson, Michigan (USA)
Measurements180 cm / 79 kg
NOC(s) United States

Biography

Greg Barton is usually considered the greatest flatwater kayaker produced by the United States. Barton competed at three Olympic Games, winning medals at each, highlighted by his two gold medals in 1988 in K1-1,000 and K2-1,000. He won gold medals in the same events at the 1987 Pan American Games. Barton won six medals at the World Championships, including four golds (K-1 1000 m: 1987, K-1 10000 m: 1985, 1987, 1991), a silver (K-1 10000 m: 1990), and a bronze (K-1 1000 m: 1991).

Barton graduated from the University of Michigan in 1983 with a degree in mechanical engineering. He settled in Seattle where he started and ran Epic Kayaks, which makes high-end kayaks, surfskis, and paddles. The US Canoe Association has named the Greg Barton Cup Challenge in his honor. Barton’s brother, Bruce Barton, competed at the 1976 Olympics in canoeing.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) Event Status Team Pos Details
1984 Summer Olympics Canoe Sprint (Canoeing) Kayak Singles, 1,000 metres, Men Olympic 3 Bronze Representing United States    
1988 Summer Olympics Canoe Sprint (Canoeing) Kayak Singles, 1,000 metres, Men Olympic 1 Gold Representing United States    
  Kayak Doubles, 1,000 metres, Men Olympic Norm Bellingham 1 Gold
1992 Summer Olympics Canoe Sprint (Canoeing) Kayak Singles, 1,000 metres, Men Olympic 3 Bronze Representing United States    
  Kayak Doubles, 1,000 metres, Men Olympic Norm Bellingham 4

Olympic Records

Records may have been broken subsequently during the same competition.
Games Date Sport Event Phase Mark Pos
1988 Summer Olympics 27 September 1988 Canoe Sprint (Canoeing) Kayak Singles, 1,000 metres, Men Round One, Heat One 3:42.26 1
1988 Summer Olympics 29 September 1988 Canoe Sprint (Canoeing) Kayak Singles, 1,000 metres, Men Semi-Finals, Heat One 3:40.96 1
1992 Summer Olympics 4 August 1992 Canoe Sprint (Canoeing) Kayak Singles, 1,000 metres, Men Repêchage, Heat One 3:32.34 1

Olympic family relations

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