A good case can be made that Jon Lugbill is the greatest American athlete in an Olympic sport to have never won a medal at the Olympics. Lugbill was a slalom canoeist who won 12 gold medals at the World Championships between 1979-91, including individual titles in C-1 in 1979, 1981, 1983, 1985, 1987, and 1989. He won the first three editions of the canoe slalom World Cup, beginning in 1988. He is almost universally acclaimed as the greatest C-1 slalom racer of all-time.
Unfortunately, slalom canoeing was not an Olympic discipline in 1976, 1980, 1984, nor 1988, at the height of his career. The events were returned to the Olympic program at Barcelona in 1992, but Lugbill was by then 31-years-old and slightly past his prime. He finished fourth in Barcelona, after hitting a gate in his first run, with Czechoslovakian gold medalist [LukÃ¡Å¡ Pollert] noting, âLugbill was ahead of us all.â
Lugbill graduated from the University of Virginia. He later settled in Richmond, Virginia with his family where he served as Executive Director of Richmond Sports Backers.
|1992 Summer||31||Barcelona||Canoeing||Men's Canadian Singles, Slalom||United States||USA||4|
|1992 Summer||31||Barcelona||Canoeing||United States||Final Standings||4||118.62|
|1992 Summer||31||Barcelona||Canoeing||United States||Final Standings||Run One||2||118.62||1:53.62||5|
|1992 Summer||31||Barcelona||Canoeing||United States||Final Standings||Run Two||3||118.89||1:58.89||0|