Michigan in the Olympics


Seoul - 1988 - Calgary

Jim Abbott Greg Barton Brent Lang
Jim Abbott
Pitched complete game victory in the medal game.
Greg Barton
1000 meter single kayak
1000 meter double kayak
Brent Lang
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
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, placed 6th in platform diving. He woudl serve as U-M diving coach, 2011-2014.

Lara HoiveldKZ LiDick KimballJon UrbanchekLara 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 photo
Brian Diemer
Carl Schueler
Carl Schueler

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.


Jeff Norton

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

Greg Barton
   1000 m. kayak1st
   1000 m. kayak doubles 1st
Jim Abbott
Brent Lang
   4x100 freestyle1st
Mike Barrowman
   200 m. breaststroke4th
Steve Bigelow
   200 m. backstrokedid not place
Alex Alvizuri (Peru)
   100 m. backstrokedid not place
   200 m. backstrokedid not place
Jan Erik Olson (Norway)
   100 m. breaststrokedid not place
   200 m. breaststrokedid not place
Lara Hooiveld (Australia)
   100 m. breaststrokedid not place (15th)
   200 m. breaststrokedid not place (30th)
   4x100 medley relay4th
Konzheng Li (China)
    patform diving 6th
Brian Diemer
   3000 m. steeplechasedid not place
Carl Schueler
   50 km. walkdid not place (23rd, 3:57:44)
Jeff Norton
Jon Urbanchek
   assistant coach for Peru's swimming team
Dick Kimball
   coach of diving team
Micki King Hogue
   manager of women's diving team

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