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Bruce Merritt

Biographical information

TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameBruce Perry•Merritt
Used nameBruce•Merritt
Born1 April 1958 in Arlington, Virginia (USA)
Measurements175 cm / 75 kg
NOC United States

Biography

Bruce Merritt competed in C1 and C2 canoeing at both the 1984 and 1988 Olympics. He also competed at the 1987 Pan American Games, winning gold in C1-1,000 and bronze in C2-500. Merritt attended St. Mary’s College where he competed on their canoe and kayak team. After the 1984 Olympics the school awarded him their Ark & Dove Award. Merritt was on the US national team from 1981-88, competing at the 1981-83 and 1985-87 World Championships. He later coached the US national team until returning to college at age 34 at Indiana University – Purdue University, Indianapolis (IUPUI) to earn his degree. He started working in quality assurance in 1994, starting in the scrap metal industry, and from 1998 onwards was a quality assurance manager, working with Pyromation, a manufacturer of temperature sensors, from 2002.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1984 Summer Olympics Canoe Sprint (Canoeing) USA Bruce Merritt
Canadian Singles, 1,000 metres, Men (Olympic) 7
Canadian Doubles, 500 metres, Men (Olympic) J. Bret Young 9
1988 Summer Olympics Canoe Sprint (Canoeing) USA Bruce Merritt
Canadian Singles, 1,000 metres, Men (Olympic) 4 h1 r3/4
Canadian Doubles, 500 metres, Men (Olympic) Rod McLain 5 h2 r3/4

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