Greg Barton (born December 2, 1959 in Jackson, Michigan) is an American sprint kayaker who competed from the mid-1980s to the early 1990s.
Competing in three Summer Olympics, he won four medals with two golds (K-1 1000 m, K-2 1000 m: both 1988) and two bronzes (1984, 1992: both in K-1 1000 m).
Barton also won six medals at the ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships with four golds (K-1 1000 m: 1987, K-1 10000 m: 1985, 1987, 1991), a silver (K-1 10000 m: 1990), and a bronze (K-1 1000 m: 1991).
He received a BSE degree in mechanical engineering in 1983 from the University of Michigan, where he was a member of the Chi Phi Fraternity. He currently lives in Seattle, WA with his wife, the former Justine Smith, and their two daughters.
The Greg Barton Cup Challenge for the United States Canoe Association is named in his honor. Shortly before he competed in the Olympics, Barton moved to Homer, Michigan. The traffic circle downtown was named in his honor after he won his gold medals. His brother, Bruce, competed in canoeing for the United States at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal.
He currently co-owns and operates Epic Kayaks, which makes high-end kayaks, surfskis, and paddles.
By Dean Hanley
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