Barry King (decathlete)
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Barry King Decathlete

Barry King
Medal record
Representing  England
Silver medal - second place Decathlon
Bronze medal - third place Decathlon

Barry King (born 3 April 1945) is a British former Olympic decathlete who is now an author, corporate director, corporate board member and specialist in Olympic marketing and sports development.[1] He is founder and chief executive officer of Outdoor-Fitness, LLC.,[2][3][4][5][6] co-founder of Sports Directions Corporation, and served as a director at the United States Olympic Committee for 14 years during the height of their organizational and fundraising successes.[7]

He grew up in England and obtained a track and field scholarship from the University of Colorado at Boulder in the United States. His first major international competition came when he represented England at the 1970 British Commonwealth Games, where he won the bronze medal in the decathlon. He then took part in the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich two years later, competing for Great Britain. He ranked fifteenth overall in the Olympic decathlon competition. He returned to the podium at the 1974 British Commonwealth Games in Christchurch, New Zealand, this time coming away with the silver medal.[8][9]

He has held national records and won national championships in the decathlon, discus throw and pentathlon. He is the current British national pentathlon record holder, set on 20 May 1970 in Santa Barbara, California.

King is co-author of a two-book series, published in association with the United States Olympic Committee, entitled The Olympic Challenge as well as Journey of the Olympic Flame.[10][11][12][13] King assisted in creating an Olympic themed Iowa state school educational curriculum for K-12 students,[14] again, in conjunction with the United States Olympic Committee. In film, he was the technical director of the Walt Disney motion picture, The World's Greatest Athlete.[15]

Personal life

King is married to Deanna Pinckney-King and has one daughter.


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  6. ^ Hu, Winnnie (29 June 2012). "Mom, Dad, This Playground's for You". The New York Times.
  7. ^ "Atlanta Mounting Olympian Effort at Getting 1996 Games". Los Angeles Times. 25 August 1990.
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  9. ^ "Documents > Pdf > Flame07_Color.Pdf | World Olympians Association" (PDF). Retrieved .
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  11. ^ "The Olympic Challenge, 1988: Barry King, Bill Toomey: 9780937359358: Books".
  12. ^ "Barry King".
  13. ^ "26/20/137 : Alumni Association : Olympic Collection, 1975-1985" (PDF). Retrieved .
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  15. ^ [5]

External links

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