Greg Burgess

Gregory Stewart Burgess (born January 11, 1972) is an American former competition swimmer and Olympic medalist.

Greg Burgess
Personal information
Full nameGregory Stewart Burgess
National teamUnited States
Born (1972-01-11) January 11, 1972 (age 48)
Baltimore, Maryland
Height6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight161 lb (73 kg)
StrokesFreestyle, individual medley
ClubBolles Sharks
College teamUniversity of Florida

Burgess was born in Baltimore, Maryland.[1] He attended the Bolles School in Jacksonville, Florida, where he swam for the Bolles high school swim team.[2] He graduated from Bolles in 1990.[2]

Burgess accepted an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, where he swam for the Florida Gators swimming and diving team in National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) competition from 1991 to 1994. While in college, he set four American records: two in the 200-meter individual medley and two in the 400-meter individual medley, and was a four-time NCAA champion in the same two events in 1993 and 1994. Burgess received twelve All-American honors as a Gator swimmer. He graduated from the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in economics in 1994.

He represented the United States in the 1992 and 1996 Olympic Games. He won a silver medal for his second-place performance in the men's 200-meter individual medley at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain, finishing with a time of 2:00.97. Four years later at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia, he finished sixth in the event final of the men's 200-meter individual medley with a time of 2:02.56.[1]

Burgess joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 1997, and has been promoted to the rank of major.[3] In 2010, Burgess was inducted into the Marine Corps Sports Hall of Fame.[3] Burgess has served two tours of duty in Iraq,[3] and as the Chief of Mission for the U.S. military team at the international military games (CISM) for swimming in 2009 (Canada) and 2010 (Germany). He is one of a select few American Olympians to volunteer for military service.

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  1. ^ a b, Olympic Sports, Athletes, Greg Burgess Archived 2011-07-12 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved March 6, 2015.
  2. ^ a b The Bolles School, Athletics, Bolles Olympic Medalists Archived 2016-03-26 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved March 6, 2015.
  3. ^ a b c "Former Gator Greg Burgess Inducted into United States Marine Corps Sports Hall of Fame," (August 2, 2010). Retrieved May 25, 2011.
  • Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Greg Burgess". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 2011-07-12.