Greg Barton (born December 2, 1959 in Jackson, Michigan) is an American sprint kayaker who competed from the mid-1980s to the early 1990s.
Competing in three Summer Olympics, he won four medals with two golds (K-1 1000 m, K-2 1000 m: both 1988) and two bronzes (1984, 1992: both in K-1 1000 m).
Barton also won six medals at the ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships with four golds (K-1 1000 m: 1987, K-1 10000 m: 1985, 1987, 1991), a silver (K-1 10000 m: 1990), and a bronze (K-1 1000 m: 1991).
He received a BSE degree in mechanical engineering in 1983 from the University of Michigan, where he was a member of the Chi Phi Fraternity. He currently lives in Seattle, WA with his wife, the former Justine Smith, and their two daughters.
The Greg Barton Cup Challenge for the United States Canoe Association is named in his honor. Shortly before he competed in the Olympics, Barton moved to Homer, Michigan. The traffic circle downtown was named in his honor after he won his gold medals. His brother, Bruce, competed in canoeing for the United States at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal.
He currently co-owns and operates Epic Kayaks, which makes high-end kayaks, surfskis, and paddles.
His daughters are Hayley and Kendall.
- Endicott, Bill (1995). The Barton Mold: A Study in Sprint Kayaking. USA Canoe Kayak.
- 1936: Austria (Adolf Kainz, Alfons Dorfner)
- 1948: Sweden (Hans Berglund, Lennart Klingström)
- 1952: Finland (Kurt Wires, Yrjö Hietanen)
- 1956: Germany (Michael Scheuer, Meinrad Miltenberger)
- 1960: Sweden (Gert Fredriksson, Sven-Olov Sjödelius)
- 1964: Sweden (Sven-Olov Sjödelius, Gunnar Utterberg)
- 1968: Soviet Union (Aleksandr Shaparenko, Volodymyr Morozov)
- 1972: Soviet Union (Nikolai Gorbachev, Viktor Kratasyuk)
- 1976: Soviet Union (Serhei Nahorny, Vladimir Romanovsky)
- 1980: Soviet Union (Vladimir Parfenovich, Sergei Chukhray)
- 1984: Canada (Hugh Fisher, Alwyn Morris)
- 1988: United States (Greg Barton, Norman Bellingham)
- 1992: Germany (Kay Bluhm, Torsten Gutsche)
- 1996: Italy (Daniele Scarpa, Antonio Rossi)
- 2000: Italy (Antonio Rossi, Beniamino Bonomi)
- 2004: Sweden (Markus Oscarsson, Henrik Nilsson)
- 2008: Germany (Andreas Ihle, Martin Hollstein)
- 2012: Hungary (Rudolf Dombi, Roland Kökény)