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Dave Berkoff

Full name: David Charles "Dave" Berkoff
Gender: Male
Height: 5-8.5 (175 cm)
Weight: 154 lbs (70 kg)
Born: November 30, 1966 in Abington, Pennsylvania, United States
Country: USA United States
Sport: Swimming

Medals: 2 Gold, 1 Silver, 1 Bronze (4 Total)

Biography

A backstroker, Dave Berkoff competed at the 1988 and 1992 Olympics in four events, winning medals in all four events, including two gold medals in the medley relay. His international sideboard also includes a silver medal in 100 back from the 1987 Pan American Games and a silver in medley relay at the 1987 Universiade. Berkoff set three world records in the 100 back in the summer of 1988. Two were at the US Olympic Trials and the third was in the heats of the Olympics. He could not repeat that time in the final, taking silver behind Japan’s [Daichi Suzuki]. Berkoff pioneered a new technique, which was called the “Berkoff Blastoff,” in which he swam as far as he could after each turn underwater. After the Seoul Olympics, the technique was outlawed by FINA, who put a limit on how long backstrokers could spend underwater after the turn.

Berkoff swam at Harvard and then earned a masters’ degree in environmental studies. He later obtained a law degree from the University of Montana. He and his family settled in Missoula where he practiced law. In 2010 he was named to USA Swimming’s Board of Directors. He also supported children’s rights by doing work for the Watson’s Children Shelter in Missoula, which provides shelter and care for neglected or abandoned children. Berkoff was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 2005.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1988 Summer 21 Seoul Swimming Men's 100 metres Backstroke United States USA 2 Silver
1988 Summer 21 Seoul Swimming Men's 4 × 100 metres Medley Relay United States USA 1 Gold
1992 Summer 25 Barcelona Swimming Men's 100 metres Backstroke United States USA 3 Bronze
1992 Summer 25 Barcelona Swimming Men's 4 × 100 metres Medley Relay United States USA 1 Gold

Men's 100 metres Backstroke

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 5dT 5dR 50-100m
1988 Summer 21 Seoul Swimming United States Final 2 55.18 25.47 1 29.71 (7)
1988 Summer 21 Seoul Swimming United States Round One Heat Seven 1 Q/WR 54.51 25.23 1 29.28 (1)
1992 Summer 25 Barcelona Swimming United States Final 3 54.78 26.47 3 28.31 (6)
1992 Summer 25 Barcelona Swimming United States Round One Heat Six 2 Q 54.84 26.71 2 28.13 (1)

Men's 4 × 100 metres Medley Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T ET ER 5dT
1988 Summer 21 Seoul Swimming United States USA Final 1 54.56 54.56 1
1988 Summer 21 Seoul Swimming United States USA Round One Heat Four 1 55.69 55.69 2
1992 Summer 25 Barcelona Swimming United States USA Round One Heat Three 1 55.05 55.05 2 26.82
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