Michigan in the Olympics


1980 - Moscow

The U.S. boycott of the Moscow games deprived six U of M athletes of their chance for Olympic medals. Divers Barb Weinstein, Chris Seufert, and Kevin Machemer had won spots on the U.S. squad coached by Dick Kimball. Mark Johnson had made the wrestling team. Weinstein's Olympic disappointment was somewhat soothed when she won the 10 meter competition in the 1980 U.S. Outdoor Platform Diving Championships. Mark Gorski and Tom Schuler qualified for the cycling team. Gorski would return to win a gold medal in the 1000 meter sprint in Los Angeles. Schuler was an alternate on the 1976 and 1984 teams. He won the National Criterion Championship in 1981. Ann Arbor native Carl Schueler took up race walking at Frostburg State College in Maryland. He won the 50 kilometer race at the 1980 U.S. Olympic Trials. After not competing in Moscow, Scheuler enrolled in the regional and urban planning program at U-M School of Natural Resources. He would go on to make three more U.S. Olympic teams.

Barb Weinstein  Kevin Machemer  Chris Seufert
Barb Weinstein,  Kevin Machemer,  Chris Seufert


Johnson  Tom

Schuler  Dick Kimball
Mark Johnson,  Tom Schuler,  Dick Kimball

Fernando Canales
Fernando Canales
Kevin Williamson
Kevin Williamson

Swimmers Fernando Canales of Puerto Rico and Kevin Williamson of Ireland did compete in Moscow but neither made it to the finals. Williamson, a three-time Olympian, was one of only two Irish swimmers at the games. He raced in the preliminaries of the 200 and 400 meter freestyle and was also entered in the 1500 meter freestyle but did not compete.

Andrew Bruce
Andrew Bruce

Andrew Bruce, who ran the 220 leg on U-M's world record setting sprint medley relay team in 1979, represented Trinidad and Tobago in the 200 meters sprint and 4x100 meter relay. He won his first heat in the 200 in a time of :21.35 and placed fourth in the second round at :20.9 He anchored the 400 meter relay team to a 5th place finish, just .03 seconds behind Jamaica and a spot in the finals. Bruce returned to school to capture Big Ten titles in the 60 and 300 yard dash (indoor) and the 100 and 200 meter dash (outdoor) in 1981 and 1982.

Petros Pappas, a 1975 graduate of the College LS&A, was a member of the Greek shooting team. The Athens native placed 37th in the mixed skeet competition.

1980 - Lake Placid

Mel Wakabayashi
Mel Wakabayashi

Mel Wakabayashi was the sole Michigan representative at the 1980 Winter Games in Lake Placid. A Canadian of Japanese descent who skated on U of M's 1964 NCAA championship hockey team, Wakabayashi was coach of Japan's hockey squad.


The U-M Results - 1980

Barb Weinstein
   platform divingdid not compete
Chris Seufert
   3 m. divingdid not compete
Kevin Machemer
   3 m. divingdid not compete
Fernando Canales (Puerto Rico)
   100 m. freestyledid not place
   200 m. freestyledid not place
Kevin Williamson (Ireland)
   200 m. freestyle6th in prelim heat, 1:57.37
   400 m. freestyle5th in prelim heat, 4:09.01
   500 m freestyledid not compete
Mark Johnson
   wrestlingdid not compete
Tom Schuler
   cyclingdid not compete
Mark Gorski
   cyclingdid not compete
Andrew Bruce (Trinidad and Tobago)
   200 metersadvanced to semi-finals, :20.9
    4x100 m. relay 5th in prelim. heat, 39.74
Carl Schueler
    50 m. race walking did not compete
Petros Pappas (Greece)
   shooting -- mixed skeet37th place overall
Dick Kimball
   coach of U.S. diving team
Mel Wakabayashi
    coach of Japanese hockey team at Lake Placid

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