David Lee “Dave” Steen was born November 14, 1959, in New Westminster, British Columbia.
He was a three-time member of the Canadian Summer Olympic Team in the Decathlon event.
Steen comes from a family of athletes. His father, Don Steen, was the Canadian Decathlon Champion in 1956 as well as a coach, and his uncle, David Lorne Steen, won the Gold Medal at the 1966 Commonwealth Games in the shot-put competition.
Steen attended Burnaby Central High School where he excelled in track and field, winning the Sport BC High School Athlete of the Year Award in 1977.
British Columbia’s lack of indoor facilities prompted Steen to move to California where he was able to train full-time. He later applied to and was accepted at the University of Toronto and consequently returned to Canada. As a student athlete at the University of Toronto, he set his first ten consecutive records during sports events, which secured him a spot on the 1980 Canadian Olympic Team. Unfortunately, Dave wasn’t able to compete in the 1980 Olympic Games in Moscow, since Canada was among the countries that boycotted the USSR Regime.
In 1982 Steen competed in the Commonwealth Games, winning a silver medal.
He then won gold at the World University Games; another gold at the Pan American Games (1983), gold at the Pan Pacific Games (1984), and silver for the Decathlon at the Commonwealth Games (1986).
In addition, Dave Steen set three world records in the Pentathlon in 1983, 1984 and 1986.
Dave finished eighth at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles in Decathlon.
He improved his score at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul winning a bronze medal, which was the first Olympic Medal for a Canadian in the Decathlon.
Steen retired from competition following the Seoul Olympics, ending a brilliant thirteen-year career. He continued to be involved in sports events as a track and field commentator for CTV.
Steen never used performance-enhancing drugs, and after his retirement, he became involved in promoting the anti-drug campaign. He was an Athletic Ambassador for the National Commission for Fair Play, and worked with Ontario Police to produce an Anti-Drug poster aimed at school children. He was also a major contributor to the “Athlete and Coaches Anti-Doping Handbook”.
Steen was named Ontario Athlete of the Year in 1988, and in 1990 he was made a Member of the Order of Canada. Steen was inducted into the British Columbia Sports Hall Of Fame in 1991 and into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame in 1992.
Dave Steen resides in Tecumseh, Ontario, with his wife Andrea Page, who is also a Canadian Olympic athlete, and their four children. Dave Steen currently works in Windsor as a firefighter.