Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

U-M alumnus, kayaker nominated to U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame

U-M alumnus Greg Barton, who earned four Olympic medals in kayaking spanning three Olympic Games from 1984-92, has been nominated for the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame.

Barton, who earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from U-M in 1983, is nominated in the individual category. He earned a bronze medal in 1984, two gold medals in 1988 and another bronze in 1992.

“The U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame celebrates our honorees’ commitment to excellence and recognizes Americans who are role models and heroes,” says Tom Wilson, president and CEO of Allstate, which announced the nominees along with the United States Olympic Committee. “Each of us can find strength, passion and inspiration in these ordinary people who achieved extraordinary success in the Olympics.”

Barton designs high-performance kayaks and paddles, and is the president of Epic Kayaks Inc., according to the Michigan Engineering Web site. He also produced and is the instructor for a training video/DVD "The Kayak Forward Stroke."

Through June 16, fans can vote for Hall of Fame candidates online at The inducted class will include five individuals, one team, one Paralympian, as well as a coach, veteran and special contributor. Those who are chosen will be inducted during an Aug. 12 ceremony.