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Craig Oppel

Full name: Richard Craig Oppel
Gender: Male
Height: 6-3.5 (193 cm)
Weight: 201 lbs (91 kg)
Born: August 10, 1967 in Keflavík, Höfuðborgarsvæði, Iceland
Affiliations: UCLA Bruins, Los Angeles (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Swimming

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)


Craig Oppel was a mid-distance freestyler who swam for UCLA in college. He competed for the United States at the 1988 Seoul Olympics, the 1985 Universiade, and the 1985 and 1987 Pan Pacifics. Oppel won gold medals at the 1985 Universiade in both freestyle relays, also winning gold at the 1985 Pan Pacs in the 4x200. His greatest meet was the 1987 Pan Pacs where he won the 200 freestyle, won gold in both freestyle relays, and added a silver in the 100 free. Oppel also won gold in the 4x200 free relay at Seoul. He was known for his strong six-beat kick.

After his swimming career ended Oppel attended Drake University Law School, earning a JD degree in 1995. He then practiced family law in Iowa with his own firm of Allbee Barclay Allison Denning & Oppel. In his swimming retirement he also turned to competing in triathlons.


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1988 Summer 21 Seoul Swimming Men's 4 × 200 metres Freestyle Relay United States USA 1 Gold

Men's 4 × 200 metres Freestyle Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T ET ER
1988 Summer 21 Seoul Swimming United States USA Round One Heat One 2 1:51.24 1:51.24 4
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