Michigan the Olympics
Seoul - 1988 - Calgary
Pitched complete game victory in the medal game.
1000 meter single kayak
1000 meter double kayak
400 meter freestyle relay
Michigan's Gold Medal Winners
U of M athletes captured four gold medals in Seoul. Greg Barton became the first U.S. gold medal winner in kayaking, taking the 1000 meter race by .005 seconds in a photo finish. One hour later he teamed with Norm Bellingham to win the 1000 meter doubles event. Pitcher Jim Abbott left his first game with a lead but came away with no decision. He came back with a complete game victory over Japan to give the U.S. a gold in baseball, still an exhibition sport. Swimmer Brent Lang earned a gold medal as part of the 4 X 100 freestyle relay team although he did not swim in the finals. He also competed in the 100 meter freestyle.
Four other Wolverines carried on the Michigan tradition in swimming. Mike Barrowman placed fourth in the 200 meter breaststroke and Steve Bigelow 10th in the 200 meter backstroke for the U.S. team. Alex Alvizuri competed for Peru and Jan Olson was on the Norwegian team.
Mike Barrowman Steve Bigelow Alejandro Alvizuri Jan Olson
Seventeen year-old Lara Hooiveld swam in three events for Australia. She placed 15th in the 100 meter breaststroke, 30th in the 200 meter breaststroke and swam the second leg for for the Aussies' 4th place 4x100 meter relay team. Hooiveld joined the U-M team in 1991/92 and won four Big Ten titles and five All-American citations in her freshman year. She was NCAA champion in the 100 and 200 meter breaststroke 1993 and was named NCAA Swimmer of the Year. China's Kongzhen Li, bronze medalist in 1984, palced 6th in platform diving. He woudl serve as U-M diving coach, 2011-2014.
Lara Hooiveld KZ LI Dick Kimball Jon Urbanchek
U-M Diving coach Dick Kimaball was coach of the American diving team and men's swimming coach Jon Urbanchek served as an assistant coach for Peru's Olympic swimmers.
Brian Diemer, bronze medalist in 1984, was eliminated in the semifinal round of the 3000-meter steeplechase in Seoul. Carl Schueler, former grad student in the School of Natural Resources, made his third U.S. Olympic team. He finished in 23rd place in the 50 kilometer walk race.
At Calgary, UM had its first competitor in the winter games since 1956. Hockey player Jeff Norton played on the U.S. team which finished seventh. He was a three year letter winner for the Wolverines, 1985-1987.
The U-M Results - 1988
|1000 m. kayak||1st|
|1000 m. kayak doubles||1st|
|200 m. breaststroke||4th|
|200 m. backstroke||did not place|
|Alex Alvizuri (Peru)|
|100 m. backstroke||did not place|
|200 m. backstroke||did not place|
|Jan Erik Olson (Norway)|
|100 m. breaststroke||did not place|
|200 m. breaststroke||did not place|
|Lara Hooiveld (Australia)|
|100 m. breaststroke||did not place (15th)|
|200 m. breaststroke||did not place (30th)|
|4x100 medley relay||4th|
|Konzheng Li (China)|
|3000 m. steeplechase||did not place|
|50 km. walk||did not place (23rd, 3:57:44)|
|assistant coach for Peru's swimming team|
|coach of diving team|
|Micki King Hogue|
|manager of women's diving team|
- Greg Barton, photo by Bob Long/LPI
- Jim Abbott, Ath. Dept., Box 21, 1988, BHL
- Brent Lang, Ath. Dept., Box 43, 1989, BHL
- Mike Barrowman, Ath. Dept., Box 43, BHL
- Alejandro Alvizuri, Ath. Dept., Box 43, 1986, BHL
- Jan Olson, Ath. Dept., Box 43, 1986, BHL
- Lara Hooiveld, Ath. Dept., bl010954
- Jon Urbanchek, Ath. Dept., Box 43, 1986, BHL
- Dick Kimball, Ath. Dept., Box 43, 1988, BHL
- Brian Diemer,Seoul Calgary 1988, U.S. Olympic Committee Report
- Carl Schueler,Seoul Calgary 1988, U.S. Olympic Committee Report
- Jeff Norton, Ath. Dept., Box, 34, BHL