November 14, 1959
New Westminster, British Columbia
David Lee "Dave" Steen, (born November 14, 1959, in CM New Westminster, British Columbia) is a retired Canadian decathlete, a three-time member of the Canadian Summer Olympic Games team and the first Canadian to score more than 8,000 points in the decathlon.
He was named after his uncle,
David Lorne Steen, a Canadian shot putter and gold medallist at the 1966 Commonwealth Games. His father, Don Steen, was Canadian decathlon champion in 1956.
Steen won the decathlon gold medal at the
1977 Canada Games. Steen was named to the 1980 Canadian Olympic team, but did not compete due to the American-led boycott of the 1980 Summer Olympics. He won a silver medal at the 1982 Commonwealth Games and gold at the 1983 Pan American Games. After a disappointing eighth-place finish at the 1984 Summer Olympics, Steen won silver at the 1986 Commonwealth Games and won the bronze medal at the 1988 Summer Olympics.
In 1990, Steen was made a Member of the
Order of Canada. He has been inducted into the BC Sports Hall of Fame (1991) and Canada's Sports Hall of Fame (1992).
He now resides in
Tecumseh, Ontario, with his wife Andrea, who was also a Canadian Olympic athlete. Together they have four children, Kory, Jordie, Jacey and Jack. He works as a firefighter.
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