David Berkoff

David Berkoff

David Berkoff
Personal information
Full name David Charles Berkoff
Nickname(s) "Dave"
National team  United States
Born (1966-11-30) November 30, 1966
Abington, Pennsylvania
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight 154 lb (70 kg)
Sport Swimming
Strokes Backstroke
Club Upper Moreland Gator Swim Club
College team Harvard University

David Charles Berkoff (born November 30, 1966) is an American former competition swimmer, Olympic champion, and former world record-holder in two events. Berkoff was a backstroke specialist who won a total of four Olympic medals during his career at two different Olympic Games. He is best known for his powerful underwater start, the eponymous "Berkoff Blastoff".

At the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea, he won a gold medal by swimming the backstroke leg for the winning U.S. men's team in the men's 4×100-meter medley relay in the event final. Individually, he also won a silver medal by placing second in the men's 100-meter backstroke event.

Four years later at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain, Berkoff earned another gold medal by swimming for the winning U.S. team in the preliminary heats of the men's 4×100-meter medley relay. He also won a bronze medal by placing third in the 100-meter backstroke.

Berkoff was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame as an "Honor Swimmer" in 2005.[1]

See also


  1. ^ International Swimming Hall of Fame, Honorees, David Berkoff (USA). Retrieved October 29, 2012.

External links

  • David Berkoff – Olympic athlete profile at Sports-Reference.com
  • David Berkoff (USA) – Honor Swimmer profile at International Swimming Hall of Fame

Preceded by
Igor Polyansky
Men's 100-meter backstroke
world record-holder (long course)

August 12, 1988 – August 25, 1991
Succeeded by
Jeff Rouse