Finis Dean SMITH

United States of America USA

Athletics

  • Olympic Medals
    1 G
  • Games participations
    1
  • First Olympic Games
    Helsinki 1952
  • Year of Birth
    1932
Olympic Results

Biography

Finis Dean SMITH

Dean Smith attended the University of Texas where he played football and sprinted on the track team. He placed fourth in the 1952 Olympic 100m prior to winning a gold medal in the relay. Earlier in the season he won his only major championship when he took the AAU 100 metres. After the Olympics he served in the Army and attempted to play in the NFL with the Los Angeles Rams and Pittsburgh Steelers, although he never appeared in a regular season game.

Smith later worked for many years as a film stuntman, appearing in over 100 movies, with a few acting roles, before retiring to his ranch in Stephens County, Texas. With his Texas background and ability to ride a horse, he appeared mainly in Westerns. In 2006 he was inducted into the Texas Rodeo Cowboy Hall of Fame, and he is also a member of the Stuntman's Hall of Fame. Smith was named "All American Cowboy" in 1997 and in 1998 received a Golden Boot Award. In 2007 he was given the Silver Spur award for his contributions as a stuntman.

Personal Bests: 100 – 10.3 (1951).

Olympic Results

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Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Helsinki 1952

#4
100 metres
100 metres Athletics
G
4 x 100 metres Relay
4 x 100 metres Relay Athletics